A World Cup Hidden In A Shoebox That Was Never Found Again After Disappearing

December 24, 2022 by  

Just a few weeks before the start of the 1966 World Cup in England, an extremely rare item was put on display at London’s Westminster Hall.

It was the Jewels Rimet trophy of the Football World Cup, which was awarded to the winning team of the World Cup every four years since the 1930 World Cup.

One day on March 20, when the security guards were resting, she suddenly disappeared from the hall. How it all happened, no one knows.

A religious ceremony was to be held in this building on the same day and a crowd of people was to be present. Security guards later discovered that the back doors of the building had been broken in and the trophy had been stolen from the display case.

Thieves bypassed the £3 million worth of stamps in the case and made off with the £3,000 trophy.

Britain’s secret agency, Scotland Yard, immediately launched an investigation into the high-profile robbery that had now become global news.

The loss of this trophy shortly before the start of the World Cup was certainly a headache for the English Football Association (FA), so it was immediately decided to produce a replica of the same trophy so that if the original trophy was not found, at least the replica can be given to the winning team immediately.

The theft of perhaps the world’s most valuable trophy began to look like the script for a thriller when FA chairman John Mears received a note one day.

The note read, ‘Take the trophy from me for a ransom of 15,000 pounds.’

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