The Jules Rimet Trophy, awarded to the winner of the football World Cup, was stolen in 1966 prior to the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. One man was convicted for being involved but other possible culprits are still unknown. The trophy was eventually won by the hosting team England.
It happened on March 20, 1966, while the prize was on public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall in London, four months ahead of the tournament was scheduled to kick off. To the relief of FIFA and the Football Association, the trophy was recovered seven days after it was first reported missing.
A ransom note for the trophy was received by then FA chairman Joe Mears, signed by someone called Jackson, demanding £15,000. The gold cup was found seven days later by a dog named Pickles in bushes outside his owner’s south London home. Pickles was awarded a medal by the National Canine Defence League and received several other rewards.
Content created and supplied by: Anike (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More