Stealing Victory

Stealing Victory

By Tom Pettifor | Auddy

The Untold Story of the 1966 World Cup heist.

The theft of the World Cup trophy in 1966 was one of the most audacious heists ever committed.

The trophy depicted Nike, the Greek goddess of victory and in 1966 the England manager had promised that his team would win.

It embodied the pride, hopes and dreams of a nation and was stolen just a few months before Queen Elizabeth II was due to present it to the winners at Wembley. The whole world was watching.

Tom Pettifor is the Crime Editor at the Daily Mirror in London. His new investigation reveals a far darker and deeper story than the official version.

The identity of the thief has never been uncovered and all most people remember is that a dog named Pickles found it under a bush.

In 2018 a throw away comment by an underworld source of Tom’s revealed new information behind that notorious theft over 50 years ago.

This is that story. This is the untold story of the 1966 World Cup heist.

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Investigating reporter and presenter, Tom Pettifor
Theme Music by Nick Reynolds and Edward Rose
Titlel music by Guy Farley
Series Producer, Zak Brophy
Sound Designer, Norman Goodman
Executive Editor, Owen Bennett-Jones
Executive Producer, Andrew Sampson

Special thanks to the Daily Mirror, London.

Episodes

EP2 - One for the pot

The world cup trophy was stolen from under the noses of the British authorities days before a general election. It was an international scandal. Within hours of the theft the Football Association (FA) and the cops were conspiring in secret to have a fake cup made. ..........................................Auddy presents Stealing Victory - an original production#stealingvictoryInvestigating reporter and presenter, Tom PettiforTheme Music by Nick Reynolds and Edward RoseTitlel music by Guy FarleySeries Producer, Zak BrophySound Designer, Norman GoodmanExecutive Editor, Owen Bennett-JonesExecutive Producer, Andrew SampsonSpecial thanks to the Daily Mirror, London.
19/10/2026m 58s

EP1 - Eight Bloody Screws

On a quiet Sunday morning in March 1966 the World Cup trophy was locked in an exhibition hall in central London. Shortly before midday, security guard John McLaren's went to check on the cup, "and there it was… nothing… just the plinth. Quite a shocker".In Episode 1 of Stealing Victory, John speaks publicly for the first time about what happened on the day of the theft.It was one of the most infamous heists of the 20th century and it came just a few months before the Queen was due to award the trophy to the World Cup winners.The thief was never identified but in 2017 Tom Pettifor, Crime Editor of the Daily Mirror, received a tip off from an underworld source.This series follows Tom's investigation into that tip off, delving into the seedy world of 1960s gangland London, police corruption and the secret making of a fake trophy. It tells us something about the stories we tell and those we choose to forget.And it's the search for an incredibly elusive man with an unforgettable head of hair. ..........................................Auddy presents Stealing Victory - an original production#stealingvictoryInvestigating reporter and presenter, Tom PettiforTheme Music by Nick Reynolds and Edward RoseTitlel music by Guy FarleySeries Producer, Zak BrophySound Designer, Norman GoodmanExecutive Editor, Owen Bennett-JonesExecutive Producer, Andrew SampsonSpecial thanks to the Daily Mirror, London.
12/10/2020m 18s

Trailer: Stealing Victory

Stealing Victory - The Untold Story of the 1966 World Cup heist.The theft of the World Cup trophy in 1966 was one of the most audacious heists ever committed.The trophy depicted Nike, the Greek goddess of victory and in 1966 the England manager had promised that his team would win. It embodied the pride, hopes and dreams of a nation and was stolen just a few months before Queen Elizabeth II was due to present it to the winners at Wembley. The whole world was watching.Tom Pettifor is the Crime Editor at the Daily Mirror in London. His new investigation reveals a far darker and deeper story than the official version. The identity of the thief has never been uncovered and all most people remember is that a dog named Pickles found it under a bush.In 2018 a throw away comment by an underworld source of Tom’s revealed a far darker and deeper tale behind that notorious theft over 50 years ago. This is that story. This is the untold story of the 1966 World Cup heist.
29/09/201m 35s
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