The headline in The Times said it all: 'A new conception of football'. England, the inventors of the game, had never seen anything like it.
Hungary's 6-3 destruction of Walter Winterbottom's shell-shocked team at Wembley Stadium on 25 November 1953 was not only a defining moment in English football history but arguably the moment the baton passed from one sporting age to another.
Ferenc Puskas the captain, was the inspiration. He was short, stocky, barrel-chested, overweight, couldn't head and only used one foot yet no one in Britain had seen ball skills like his before, and along with Nandor Hidegkuti and Sandor Kocsis, the Magnificent Magyars passed devastating patterns around a dumbstruck England side, playing a style of 'total' football that the Dutch teams of the seventies would later adopt. But at the time it was incomparable to any era, it was football from another planet.