Saturday, November 10, 2007

I could use a Russian linesman just about now, or a "Wembley Tor"

Of course, as long as I am discussing the 1966 World Cup Final, I should note that there is a heated YouTube debate whether Geoff Hurst's second goal, England's third goal, should have counted.

This angle would imply yes it was:

Mighty England, the Pathe newsreel about the game, shows an inconclusive angle, in my opinion:

This angle, however, from closer to the goal line, would imply that the Germans had something to complain about:

I would call it a goal, based on how it bounced out. But, it's a tough call. The ITV footage towards the end of this highlight package--especially the slow-mo parts, is probably the clearest pro-goal footage: