World Cup theft mystery is solved after 52 years

World Cup theft mystery is solved after 52 years

The riddle of who stole England’s 1966 Jules Rimet World Cup trophy has finally been solved after more than five decades – with two gangster brothers named as the men behind the infamous heist.

Sidney Cugullere was known among underground circles as liking to boast of being the first Englishman to life the trophy – long before a victorious Bobby Moore got his hands on it at Wembley. 

Cugullere is said to have ‘nicked it for the thrill’ months before England hosted the tournament, 52 years ago next month.

The riddle of who stole England’s 1966 Jules Rimet World Cup trophy has finally been solved after more than five decades – with two gangster brothers named as the men behind the infamous heist (pictured: Two police officers with the trophy after its return in 1966)

An investigation by the Mirror revealed that gangland’s Mr Crafty made off with the cup before it was found again by a dog called Pickles. 

Sidney, an armed robber, then aged 40, stole the trophy alongside his brother Reg, claim three sources, one of which being Reg’s son Gary.  

And he did it just for fun, revealed Gary, who decided to tell the story after he was approached by the Mirror. 

He said: ‘Sidney just nicked it for the thrill – not for financial gain, but just because it was so easy.’

The heist led to one of Scotland Yard’s biggest ever manhunts but Cugullere died of cancer in 2005, aged 79, having never been collared for the crime.

Cugullere, who was jailed for more than 25 years for other offences, made off with the cup from Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, on Sunday March 20, 1966.

Sidney Cugullere was known among underground circles as liking to boast of being the first Englishman to life the trophy – long before a victorious Bobby Moore (pictured) got his hands on it at Wembley

The trophy had been on display there, on loan from the FA headquarters for only 24 hours – leaving Sidney

Read More

Add your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.