Who Stole The World Cup In 1966, Who Was Sidney Cugullere And When Was The Jules Rimet Trophy Found By Dog Pickles?


THE mystery of the stolen 1966 World Cup may have been finally solved.

Here is all you need to know about the bombshell theory.

PA:Press Association A policeman stands next to the display case in the Central Hall, Westminster, from which the World Cup was stolen

Who stole the 1966 World Cup?

A shadowy figure nicknamed Mr Crafty and his brother Reg are said to have swiped the sporting prize months before England hosted and then won the 1966 World Cup.

The embarrassing theft, just weeks before the tournament was set to begin, led to one of the biggest manhunts in the history of Scotland Yard and was top news around the world.

PA:Press Association England’s triumphant 1966 World Cup final captain Bobby Moore holds the trophy

Who was Sidney Cugullere?

The Mirror reports the nephew of a gangland robber claimed his uncle “nicked it for the thrill”.

A man called Gary Cugullere and two other sources reportedly told the newspaper that Sidney Cugullere (Mr Crafty), then aged 40, broke into the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, Central London, on Sunday, March 20, 1966, before legging it with the winged Jules Rimet trophy.

Cugullere then took the secret to his grave when he died of cancer in 2005 – although his nephew said he did tell family and close friends.

Gary said his father Reg was also near the scene at the time of the theft, and recalled Sid emerging from the hall, lifting his jacket and saying “Ere you are, Reg, look at this”.

He said: “My dad went: ‘F***ing hell, Sid, what the f*** do you think we are going to do with that?’”

PA:Press Association David Corbett and his dog Pickles at their Norwood home

When was the Jules Rimet Trophy found by dog Pickles?

It was famously found on March 27, 1966, wrapped in newspaper and dumped in a hedge, by a dog called Pickles.

It had allegedly been left there by thieves after ransom money had not been paid.

The famous trophy was then famously lifted by England captain Bobby Moore when his team defeated Germany 4-2 and won the World Cup.  

Here is the confirmed England squad for the World Cup in Russia

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