Yellow Jersey Press is to publish Sir Bobby Charlton's account of "England's greatest sporting achievement" - the 1966 Football World Cup.
The publisher acquired world rights to 1966: My World Cup Story, by Charlton.
In 1966, England won the Football World Cup at Wembley. Charlton, England’s "greatest ever player", was part of the winning team. In the book Charlton looks back on the "most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement".
The title will take the reader through the build-up to the tournament and to the final itself, with Charlton describing in his own words what he saw, what he heard, and what he felt. He explains what it was like to be part of manager, Sir Alf Ramsey’s team, gives us his personal memories of his teammates, the matches, the atmosphere; describes the emotion of "being carried on the wave of a nation’s euphoria and how it felt to go toe-to-toe with some of the foremost footballers to ever play the game". He also reveals what it means to be "forever defined by one moment; how a life fully lived can come back to one single instance, one day when a man stands side-by-side with his best friends united in a single aim, in front of a watching nation".
Charlton said: "It’s been a privilege to be able to look back at such an amazing time to when my teammates and I stood at the pinnacle of sporting achievement. The 1966 World Cup was a unique moment for this country and for me personally. In my new book I hope to share what it felt like to be part of that incredibly special occasion and what it all means to me now in the fullness of time."
During Charlton's playing career, which spanned 20 years, he won three League Championships, the FA Cup, the European Cup and the World Cup. With England he played in four World Cups scoring a then-record 49 goals. He is currently a director of Manchester United.
1966: My World Cup Story will be published 2nd June 2016.