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When a bit of England fell in love with North Korea

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John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


This talk by historian Dr Tosh Warwick tells the story of the unlikely international bond between Middlesbrough and North Korea that emerged  during the 1966 World Cup and continues into the 21st century.

On 30 July 1966, England defeated Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium to win the World Cup. Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, the Charlton brothers et al have since been acclaimed as the heroes of 1966.

Yet, 11 days before and some 250 miles away in the north-east industrial heartland of England, another group of heroes emerged at Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Park when underdogs North Korea toppled much-fancied Italy 1-0. That solitary strike by Pak Doo Ik is arguably as famous on Teesside as Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick and the affection for North Korea along the banks of the Tees continues to this day.

Tosh is a Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University and has appeared as an expert historical contributor on a number of TV and radio productions including BBC’s Match of the Day, Great British Railway Journeys and Inside Out. He supports Middlesbrough FC.