18th June 2009

World Cup Heroes Play Formby Hall

Forty-three years after England lifted the world cup trophy, the legendary squad of 1966 showed they still have the competitive edge, as they took to the golf course at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa.

After battling it out on the 18-hole course for five hours, Ron Flowers - the oldest and earliest-capped member of the world cup squad - emerged victorious.

It has been a double-whammy of success for Ron, who along with his former team-mates was presented with a world cup winner's medal by Gordon Brown at Number 10 Downing Street yesterday. It followed years of lobbying by players who did not play in the historic final but were part of the winning squad.

John Silker, general manager at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa, said: "The players were in great spirits and clearly excited about their trip to Downing Street. The recognition has been a long-time coming and it's great to see them finally picking-up the accolade."

At the end of every football season, the legends get together to discuss the successes and failures of the past year and reminisce about their famous night at Wembley.

The players stayed at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa's luxury 62-bedroom hotel ahead of playing its 18-hole championship course.

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa received a £10million investment transforming the club into a complete resort destination. It opened in July 2008 with a hotel, spa and leisure club, PGA golf academy, 18-hole and nine-hole golf course, short game practice area and 26-bay driving range.

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