In British sport there has never been a hero quite like Nobby Stiles. He first captured our imagination in the World Cup with that wild victory jog with the Jules Rimet Trophy. We were on his side not just because he was playing for England but because he became the object of a war of intimidation by certain overseas officials.
Perhaps we were on his side also because he was not the blond Adonis All American schoolboy type sportsman. He was an ordinary enough looking little fellow, thinning on top and short sighted. He was a man most of us could identify with even though he did become a giant when he strode onto the football field. He turned up in most unlikely places, and stole the scene when he turned out one night on the Eamonn Andrews Show.