It is the longest running debate in football.
But, now 55 years later, we might finally be able to put the argument to bed once and for all.
Ground-breaking technology is being used to make an updated, remastered and full colour version of the 1966 World Cup final when Sir Geoff Hurst helped England enjoy their greatest footballing moment.
But former West Germany players still question whether the ball really did cross the line on hat-trick hero Hurst’s goal to give England a decisive 3-2 lead in extra time.
It has all come down to a Russian linesman’s view… until now.
Specialist film makers in New Zealand and Los Angeles have been studying the footage and have uncovered remarkable new pictures.
Incredibly, there are four boy scouts sitting on the edge of the pitch with an unrivalled view of the action and now there is a campaign to find the youngsters.
They were probably teenagers at the time, might be in their 70s now and the Scout movement are also on board with a national appeal to find them while they are also calling in some heavyweight football backing – including Hurst himself – to support a campaign on social media.
Simon Carter, of the Scouts, said: “From their position on the touchline they would have had an uninterrupted view of the goals as they went in – perhaps they could tell us if Sir Geoff Hurst’s second goal really did cross the line!
“Scouting always has a presence at significant national events. Scouts have been at the Cenotaph very year since before WW2, we always carry out stewarding duties at events like the state opening of parliament, royal weddings, birthdays and funerals.
“It’s no surprise to me that Scouts were at Wembley to play their part as stewards at one of the greatest sporting moments in our history. The problem is we don’t have any records of who these four young men were and we would love to find out more.
“We know from their uniforms they would have been aged between 15 to 18 years old in 1966 which would put them in their early 70s today. I hope they are still with us and we would love to speak to them.”
The film – entitled Final Replay – is being remade from the original FIFA archive, it will be available on DVD with Hurst signing 1,966 limited edition copies which are available to pre-order.
Filmmakers Park Road, who restored Sir Peter Jackson’s magnificent First World War documentary film, They Shall Not Grow Old have been forensically working on the project.
The film is also helping to raise money for the Alzheimers Society which is an important cause because so many of England’s ’66 football heroes have been afflicted by the disease.
The film-makers will provide five DVDs to anyone providing information leading to the identification of the scouts.
The film is available to pre-order here: www.finalreplay.tv while people can also get in touch with information via the website, the Scout movement or the Daily Mirror.
Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip