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Boy scout details role he and German photographer played in England’s 1966 win

English football’s greatest day has been brought back to life after an appeal.

And a new story revealed about how a German photographer ended up helping England win the 1966 World Cup.

Last week, Mirror Sport used never-seen-before pictures of four boy Scouts pictured on the Wembley goal line as part of a new film being made about the final.

Keith Waldron, 71, has now stepped forward after hearing about the story and revealed an incredible anecdote from England’s victory over West Germany.

Waldron has revealed there were eight boy Scouts, four at each end, and they worked as messengers for photographers, taking their rolls of film to a press room in the stadium to be developed while the game went on.

Keith Waldron (2nd R) watches Geoff Hurst in action during the 1966 World Cup final

Retired Waldron, who used to work in IT and now lives in France, had a bird’s eye view of Sir Geoff Hurst’s infamous goal to give England a decisive 3-2 lead in extra time.

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Waldron recalls: “One of the German photographers wanted a fresh roll of film, I went and got it for him and he gave me a two-shilling bit to say thanks and for me to buy myself some sweets.

Keith Waldron now lives in France

“But at the end of the game, Gordon Banks had run out of chewing gum and asked me to get him some for extra time.

“I went to the kiosks in the stadium, I was trying to push my way to the front saying: ‘Gordon Banks needs some chewing gum!’ The whole day was amazing.

“I did have a great view of Geoff Hurst’s goal. From the angle we looked at, it definitely looked in but you can’t really be sure – but we still all umped up and celebrated anyway! I’m sure it was a goal and luckily the Russian linesman helped, too.”

Waldron was pals with Mike Addison – pictured in the white jacket above – and the Scouts were drawn from a hat and the lucky eight were picked by “pure fluke.”

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His brother saw the coverage after the Mirror’s original story last week and has been in touch with the Scouts. They believe they may have found another of the Scouts.

“It’s been a talking point throughout my life,” said Waldron. “Something I’ll never forget.

“I did actually have a programme signed by all the players but that has been lost. But it’s a day I’ll never forget. At the end, Nobby Stiles dancing round, getting the players to sign it for us and afterwards seeing all the celebrations in London. It was an amazing experience.”




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