Tears of sadness and joy: Your stories of watching England

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A graphic showing Bobby Moore, Paul Gascoigne and Gareth SouthgateOne World Cup and 55 years of wounded - it's not casual being an England fan

'My memories are of a federation consumed with 1 thought: winning the World Cup. Everything other successful the satellite faded into insignificance."

Terry Hymans was astatine Wembley connected July 30, 1966, but not arsenic a fan. England were astir to marque past by winning their archetypal major, and to day only, planetary tournament. They bushed West Germany 4-2 aft other time, but Terry had a occupation to do, arsenic a young policeman connected assemblage power work extracurricular the stadium.

"It was a pleasance to constabulary what was a passionate and blessed assemblage beryllium they German oregon English and to beryllium caught up successful what was, for me, an unthinkable experience.

"I served for implicit 30 years successful the constabulary and for maine that time was 1 of the happiest of my service. I don't deliberation immoderate of america realised the value of it astatine the clip arsenic we were truthful young, oregon that it would beryllium much than 50 years earlier our squad had the accidental to triumph a large last again."

This Sunday, 55 years later, England volition beryllium looking to assistance silverware again successful the last against Italy, backmost astatine Wembley. The decades successful betwixt person been filled with tales of heartache and anguish, but passionateness and excitement too.

With that successful mind, BBC Sport asked for your favourite memories pursuing England successful idiosyncratic astatine large tournaments. Here are your stories, from 1966 to the contiguous day.

World Cup 1966, England

'The Portugal semi-final was the champion I person ever seen England play'

Philip Edwards, begetter of DJ and TV presenter Rick, was determination successful '66, celebrating the extremity of his schoolhouse exams with his friends. He sat and watched Alan Ball intimately connected the pitch, connected alternatively uncomfortable seating.

"Myself and immoderate of my friends conscionable bought a play summons each for each the Wembley games. I don't retrieve however we managed that, it is hard to envisage now.

"I stayed successful London with a person for 3 weeks. At the end, I bought his mum a container of chocolates and his dada a container of cigars arsenic a convey you.

"As England played each their games astatine Wembley, we saw each of them, including Argentina [quarter-final], and Portugal [semi-final] which was a fantastic match, astir apt the champion I person ever seen England play, against a really, truly pugnacious opponent.

"The time of the last was beautifully sunny. The past infinitesimal German equaliser was truly gutting, but, from wherever I sat, Geoff Hurst's 2nd extremity was decidedly implicit the line!"

englandPhilip's World Cup last ticket

'Men were successful jackets and ties, nary replica shirts anywhere!'

For 72-year-old Tony Hitchcock, the opposition betwixt the 2 games against Germany, successful 1966 and the last-16 necktie astatine Euro 2020, stands out. He'll beryllium backmost astatine Wembley for last this weekend.

"I retrieve connected the time of the final, walking down Wembley Hill; my dada had been to each crippled but I missed a mates due to the fact that I'd booked a holiday. There were Union Jacks everywhere; the main quality contiguous is that present they are St George's Cross flags. Men were each wearing jackets and ties; determination were nary replica shirts anywhere. My summons was successful the little artifact 66; it wasn't truly a bully presumption astatine the aged Wembley, but the juncture made up for it!

"The 2021 Germany crippled was a implicit contrast. I went with my eldest lad Daryl. We had fantabulous seats connected the halfway line, and I conscionable felt truthful elated aft the victory. I paid 1.5 shillings for my summons to the 1966 final, and a summons to this 1 costs 295 euros. I volition beryllium attending connected Sunday; a precise bully person of excavation managed to get 2 successful the wide ballot, and I'm precise grateful to her.

"I deliberation if England triumph I volition go precise emotional... I anticipation my dada volition beryllium looking down connected it."

'Some West Germany fans near early"

englandJonathan had his last summons framed with a signed Bobby Moore photo

Jonathan Clark was 15 erstwhile helium attended the 1966 last with his 2 older brothers and sister, aft his begetter paid £5 each for the tickets having promised arsenic overmuch earlier successful the tournament.

"I was 15 years aged successful July 1966. I retrieve successful the aboriginal stages of the tourney our begetter alternatively rashly saying that helium would get tickets if we reached the final. I was a immense instrumentality of Jimmy Greaves but was furious erstwhile I realised Geoff Hurst had replaced him for the game.

"My astir amusing representation was that immoderate West Germany supporters seated down america decided it was crippled implicit and near with astir 5 minutes to go.

"So, it indispensable person travel arsenic a daze arsenic they were wandering distant from Wembley Stadium to perceive the roar of the assemblage arsenic [Wolfgang] Weber equalised successful the 89th minute."

World Cup 1970, Mexico

'I spent the archetypal nighttime sleeping astatine the autobus station'

world cupMalcolm's presumption of Brazil vs England successful Mexico 1970

Malcolm Ledgard, 75, remembers heading to Mexico successful 1970 to ticker the defending champions play eventual winners Brazil successful the radical signifier earlier getting knocked retired by West Germany successful the quarter-finals. He travelled from his location successful British Columbia to Guadalejara, sleeping container successful tow.

"I travelled down by autobus from Seattle to Guadalajara wherever the England squad were based; it was rather an escapade successful itself. I arrived aboriginal successful the greeting connected the time of the opening lucifer and near my backpack successful a locker astatine the autobus station.

"I knew that immoderate tickets would beryllium held backmost for the locals to buy, truthful I took a gamble to spell down determination and effort to get some. As for wherever I would stay? I had a bully sleeping bag.

"I was palmy successful getting tickets for each the Guadalajara games, including the large 1 betwixt England and Brazil. I had ever wanted to spot Brazil, I loved watching them connected TV. I was besides excited to spot Pele play.

"I was impressed with Bobby Moore. He kept a bully ticker implicit Pele and made bully things happen; we were beaten but they truly gave a bully relationship of themselves and looked the amended team.

"I spent the archetypal nighttime sleeping astatine the autobus presumption successful my sleeping bag, alongside immoderate radical sleeping connected blankets. I aboriginal befriended idiosyncratic aft a crippled and was invited to enactment with him and his household erstwhile helium recovered retired that I had obscurity to stay."

world cupEngland fans astatine the World Cup successful Mexico 1970

Euro 96, England

'You sensed the full state had a caller feeling for supporting England'

Fast-forward 26 years to Euro '96. Kevin Randle was determination to spot it, witnessing archetypal manus the question of enactment which has enveloped England again this summer, contempt the information they mislaid astatine location to Germany successful the semi-finals.

"Being 18 years aged it was a large clip successful the 90s with the music, the football. I'm a Blackburn instrumentality truthful seeing them triumph the Premier League and [Alan] Shearer starting to people again was great. You sensed the full state had a caller feeling for supporting England.

"It was a large summertime and I person my 1996 playlist connected repetition astatine location and successful my car each the time. It's the memories, it takes maine backmost to a clip wherever beingness was simple, without worry.

"The elation erstwhile Shearer scored against Germany, astatine that infinitesimal you thought 'that's it, we are going to triumph this'. But for maine now, it's looking forward. Hoping Harry Kane volition beryllium doing this against Italy. My connection to each England fan… bask this moment, the radical you're with, your friends, your family. These are the things you volition remember. Nobody tin instrumentality them away."

'In '96 it was tears of sadness, and successful 2021 it was tears of axenic joyousness and happiness'

Peter Dyas saw it each astatine Euro '96 and suffered a traumatic lawsuit connected the time of the Germany crippled past month, but thankfully determination was a blessed ending.

"In '96 my dada took maine and my member to each the games. I retrieve the Wembley locomotion precise vividly - evidently astir of that is present gone arsenic you spell into Wembley Stadium station, but you inactive consciousness the shade of the aged structure.

"On the greeting of the Germany crippled [in the past 16 astatine Euro 2020] my dada suffered a mild stroke. He told maine I inactive had spell to the game. By the clip I got to the stadium I had got the quality my dada was good and the scans were each clear.

"Obviously, the emotion astatine the last whistle to person yet laid the shade of '96 positive the transportation to my dada taking maine 25 years earlier... In '96 it was tears of sadness, and successful 2021 it was tears of axenic joyousness and happiness.

"I shared each the photos with him during the time and helium was pinging maine connected WhatsApp. Nothing tin ever eclipse that time - I deliberation adjacent winning the last whitethorn consciousness bare successful comparison, arsenic Germany is connected to those large failures of '96 and astatine Italia '90. My dada is present backmost location and afloat recovered."

World Cup 2006, Germany

'I felt the energy successful the aerial and I was stopped successful my tracks'

world cupAndy astatine the 2010 World Cup

Andy McRae made a solo travel to the 2006 World Cup successful Germany and narrowly evaded a scare arsenic helium scored tickets to England's 1-0 last-16 triumph implicit Ecuador, earlier travelling to South Africa with a person 4 years later.

"At the 2006 World Cup, I made for Stuttgart and the Gottleib-Daimler Stadion, hoping to prime up a summons somehow. With 5 minutes to spell until kick-off I was panic-stricken and empty-handed, but I past spied a pistillate with a mates of tickets successful her hand. Thirty seconds and 60 euros aboriginal I was approaching the automated summons gates.

"This tourney saw a crackdown connected the summons touts, with pre-purchased tickets bearing the purchaser's name. Remembering the inaugural I glanced down to spot if I mightiness walk for whoever's sanction was printed connected my ticket.

"I looked and was horrified. The sanction connected my summons was… Beatte Drumm.

"Beat a drum? My summons was evidently a forgery, I was the fall-guy of an admittedly amusing ruse and I was surely astir to acceptable disconnected an alarm astatine the summons gates.

"I tentatively inserted it and was ecstatic erstwhile the airy went greenish and the gross opened. I heard the crowd, I felt the energy successful the aerial and I was stopped successful my tracks astatine the apical of the stairs arsenic I drank it each in. What a moment.

"Four years aboriginal I was successful Cape Town with my mate Tim and was successful the assemblage for the Algeria lucifer erstwhile Wayne Rooney sounded disconnected arsenic helium near the pitch. The item of that travel had to beryllium the magnificent stadiums astatine some Cape Town and Soccer City."

World Cup 2018, Russia

'I recovered myself hugging a random Russian woman'

world cupVolgograd Arena, earlier England vs Tunisia astatine the 2018 World Cup

Adam Stokes made it to Russia to spot England's past campaign, astatine the 2018 World Cup, witnessing the opener against Tunisia and a melodramatic victor from Harry Kane…

"It was my archetypal clip going to an planetary tourney truthful I was highly excited. As a pupil I could lone spend to spell to the 1 crippled truthful I decided to spell to the opener against Tunisia successful Volgograd. It was specified an astonishing acquisition which I volition everlastingly treasure.

"I flew into St Petersburg and past took the bid to Moscow. I past took a 2nd bid to Volgograd, which was 18 hours.

"The crippled itself was rather tense for the astir part, being 1-1 for astir of the game. Harry Kane popped up precocious connected to drawback the victor and the scenes were incredible. I recovered myself hugging a random Russian pistillate who had been sitting adjacent to maine the full game. It was axenic jubilation."

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