Thursday, May 24, 2018


  Any British football fan who was around for the 1966 World Cup (and what a glorious win that was!) will remember the saga of Pickles, the hero collie dog who recovered the Jules Rimet trophy which had been stolen before the tournament began.

  The theft threatened to derail the biggest competition in world football because how could the tournament go ahead without a trophy?

   Pickles is being remembered now, more than five decades later and a month before the 2018 World Cup, because the riddle of who stole the trophy has finally been solved with two gangster brothers named as the men behind the infamous robbery.

 Sidney Cugullere and his brother Reg are said to have 'nicked it for the thrill' months before England hosted the tournament, 52 years ago next month according to an investigation by the Daily Mirror, which has revived the story. 

  Usually guarded by just a few security officers the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen on the second day of the exhibition while the guards were on a break. Cugullere, using bolt cutters to take it from its cabinet while the guards were on a break, put it in a bag and walked out.

The heist led to one of Scotland Yard's biggest ever manhunts but neither Cugullere, who was jailed for 25 years for other offences, nor his brother, were ever collared for the crime.
With the trophy too hot to sell, they decided to get rid of it quickly and quietly. They wrapped it in newspaper and dumped it under a bush where Pickles, out for a walk with his owner, found it a week later.

I get my hands on theWorld Cup (briefly)
  The four year old collie was hailed a national hero and lived the life of a star. The four legged phenomenon starred in a feature film, 'The Spy with the Cold Nose', as well as appearing on Blue Peter, Magpie and a bunch of other shows. Pickles was also voted 'Dog of the Year' and awarded a year's free dog food supply from Spillers

Bobby Moore would go on to lift the Cup after England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final and Pickles was at the celebration party where Bobby Moore took him onto the hotel balcony and lifted him up to the cheers of the crowds below.
 Unfortunately for Pickles his celebrity lifestyle lasted roughly a year before he met an upsetting end. 

"He ran after a cat and pulled my son over, before disappearing," said his owner,Thames lighterman David Corbett.  "I looked for over an hour. Then, in the gardens behind my house I saw him up on a tree. His chain was around the branch and Pickles was just hanging there."

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