If only they had Roy McFarland and Colin Todd, at their best, England would win
If Fabio Capello's England team lifts the World Cup on July 12, millions of listeners could hear Mike Ingham utter words that will go down in history.
But those who tune in to BBC Five Live's coverage of the final won't hear the legendary phrase "they think it's all over, it is now" – as listeners did when England last lifted the trophy in 1966.
THRILLS: Derby County fan Mike Ingham, above left, was commentating on the Rams when they beat Manchester United in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at Pride Park, Kris Commons scoring the winner, main picture. Mike's four England stars for the World Cup are, from left, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.
Instead, it is likely to be something more understated from the Derbyshire-raised football commentator.
Mike, a Derby County fan who spent his childhood living in Duffield, then Quarndon, said: "If I am commentating on England in the World Cup final, and there is a pivotal moment that will go down on radio archive for years to come, I don't know what I would say.
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"It won't be the famous 'some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over', that's for sure.
"I'm not sure anyone could pre-script anything as big as that. I might just have a few silent, reflective moments."
As a youngster growing up in the 1960s, Mike would see the Rams play from the boys' enclosure of the Osmaston Road Stand at the Baseball Ground.
His heroes at the time were Alan Durban and an inside forward called Eddie Thomas.
In 1966, he remembers seeing Rams' legendary striker Kevin Hector astound a packed stadium on his debut.
Mike said: "None of us had ever seen a player with that kind of ability before."
Mike joined BBC Radio Derby in 1973 and, after learning his trade as a station assistant, began covering sports stories.
He said: "Without question, I look back at my six years with Radio Derby as some of the happiest times of my life.
"To get a job at the radio station in the area where I grew up watching the Rams from the terraces at the Baseball Ground was just one of those goosebump moments. In those days you were thrilled if you got to read out the weekly what's on diary on air."
Derby County enjoyed their most successful period on the pitch throughout Mike's time at the station, winning the First Division title in 1972 and 1975.
One of his favourite memories from that time was when the Rams defeated Benfica over two legs in the European Cup.
He said: "The piece that went out on the radio the following morning will stay with me forever.
"Barry Ecclestone was covering the Rams for Radio Derby then. You could hear his voice on air saying 'walk down the street with pride this morning, puff out your chest and kiss the lollipop lady, Derby County are in the next round of the European Cup'.
"I remember at the time Rolls-Royce was having some problems. The game gave the whole city a lift.
"Barry's piece that morning showed how the local media interacted perfectly with the local people."
Moving to the BBC's Broadcasting House in London in 1979, Mike – who went to Herbert Strutt School, in Belper – began hosting the Saturday afternoon Sport on Two programme that kept football fans across the UK informed about how their team was getting on.
He started commentating on football in 1984, his first game being at Old Trafford, where Manchester United played Watford in the old First Division, beating them with a penalty.
Mike said: "I haven't really commentated on Derby that much over the years. Commentators aren't really supposed to reveal which team they support in case they get accused of being biased.
"The last time I was at Pride Park was the semi-final of the Carling Cup a couple of seasons ago.
"My co-commentator on the night was former Rams midfielder Bruce Rioch and he outed me live on air about supporting Derby.
"It was outrageous!"
Mike's first World Cup finals tournament was in 1986, in Mexico, covering Scotland.
In 1990 he commentated on England as they went out to Germany on penalties in the semi-final.
Now 59, Mike said: "Because England got so far that is probably my favourite World Cup tournament that I've covered.
"When Chris Waddle missed his penalty and England went out, it was just gut-wrenching.
"In fact I have commentated on so many penalty shoot-outs with England in which we have been knocked out, we are due to win one."
Having lost count of the number of cup finals he has commentated on, Mike said South Africa would be his penultimate World Cup tournament before retiring.
And he believes England have as good a chance as any team of lifting the trophy this year.
He said: "I think Argentina have the best squad man-for-man but Maradona, as a manager, is unpredictable and they can be beaten.
"Spain are one of the favourites but are capable of having a bad day. I think Serbia could be dark horses.
"Of course, I want England to win, but if they don't, I have a wish and a hope that an African country will win it.
"I believe England have four world-class players in Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and Ashley Cole.
"What I mean by that is that I think all four would walk into any of the teams that have qualified for the finals.
"If only they had Roy McFarland and Colin Todd, when they were at their best, England would win the World Cup."