Sunday, June 05, 2005

What If Gordon Banks had Played?

What If Gordon Banks had Played? - A British alternate history timeline, resulting from a different result in a 1970 football match, but leading to totalitarianism and war.

From the site:

England entered the 1970 World Cup as defending champions and, if anything, with a stronger squad than in 1966. After meeting Brazil in the first round Pele famously said to Bobby Moore that he would see him again in the final. It was not to be. In the event England's goalkeeper Gordon Banks was taken ill on the coach journey to their quarter-final match against West Germany. Banks was replaced by Peter Bonetti - but to no avail. Bonetti dived over a lacklustre shot from Franz Beckenbauer and Seeler headed in a second goal while Bonetti was off his line.

Germany scored a third goal in extra time and England were out of the World Cup. Three days later Labour lost the general election. There have been various explanations for Labour's defeat. Wilson blamed the BBC, others blamed unexpectedly low balance of trade figures, others the knock-on effect of England's defeat - in the words of one cabinet minster "the bug in Gordon Banks' tummy".

It could have been so different...

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