England 1966 World Cup legend Ray Wilson dead, aged 83

Paola Ditto
Мая 16, 2018

England's 1966 World Cup winning defender Ray Wilson has died aged 83.

On leaving school Wilson began working as an apprentice on the railways but was spotted by a scout while playing at amateur level with Huddersfield Town and was able to combine his passion for football with full-time employment by working on the tracks in the evenings and training with Huddersfield during the day.

Wilson had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004.

He joined Everton in 1964 and reached the pinnacle of his career in the summer of 1966 as part of Sir Alf Ramsey's England team which beat West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley.

Wilson was just one of England's 1966 World Cup squad who had Alzheimer's.

The Football Association added: "We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of World Cup victor Ray Wilson".

Wilson played nearly 300 matches for Huddersfield having been signed aged 17-year-old when he was working on the railways - it was thanks to Bill Shankly that he made the move to left-back from left-half in the 1956/57 campaign.

"Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup victor Ramon "Ray" Wilson MBE at the age of 83", the Terriers said in a statement.

Jimmy Greaves, who was also a member of England's 1966 World Cup squad, paid tribute to the football hero.

Having learned of his passing, Huddersfield said: "Ray is arguably the most successful and best-known player ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt".

"Prior to Ray, they had all been sentinels, big, tall lads". He played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world-class players... and he was certainly one of those. "He was the best of his kind at the time".

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