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World Cup

Trophy stolen

20 Mar, 1966

_40935365_police238The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappears while a church service is taking place in another part of the building. Thieves remove the cup from the Sport with Stamps display at the Stampex exhibition, but stamps worth £3m were left behind. Vice-chairman of the Football Association Council, Jack Stewar was reluctant to accept blame for the trophy’s disappearance but said:

We are responsible for it in the end because we are the organizing association

Police are looking for a suspicious man in his early 30s, of average height with thin lips, greased black hair and a possible scar on his face.