Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is a football columnist for the Guardian and Sports Illustrated, and the editor of the Blizzard football quarterly. He has written 12 books, including Angels with Dirty Faces: A Footballing History of Argentina.

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  1. 131. ARGENTINA WORLD CUP 1978: FOOTBALL'S DARKEST HOUR
    131. ARGENTINA WORLD CUP 1978: FOOTBALL'S DARKEST HOUR

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    When Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 most fans watched what seemed to be a wonderful footballing story. Few knew that the trophy was lifted against a background of violence and repression. Yet, as Jonathan Wilson and Tony Pastor will discuss, while the scene in Buenos Aires of ticker tape cascading down onto the joyous Argentinian team remains one of the most evocative in footballing history, a dark story has emerged of torture, murder and sports-washing, as the military junta sought to hide their crimes beneath the world's greatest footballing stage.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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