England's 1966 winning star Ray Wilson dies

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

England's 1966 World Cup winning defender Ray Wilson has died aged 83, his former club Huddersfield Town said on Wednesday.

Wilson, 83, was part of Alf Ramsey's team that lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 1966 with a 4-2 victory over West Germany.

He spent most of his club career at Huddersfield Town before moving to Everton, where he was an FA Cup victor just months before his World Cup triumph.

Wilson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, an illness which has also affected his 1966 teammates Martin Peters and Nobby Stiles and something which many believe was due to heading heavy leather footballs from an early age.

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".

"The thoughts of everyone at Town are with Ray's wife, his sons and the rest of his family and friends at this hard time".

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement: "We are extremely saddened to hear the news about Ray Wilson".

His performances for Huddersfield soon meant he was a regular fixture with England and by the time he had left for Everton in 1964, after 266 games for Town, he had made 30 appearances for his country, making him the Terriers' most capped player even to this day.

The former Huddersfield Town and Everton player died at The Bell House care home in Huddersfield, the clubs said.

He spent his retirement with his wife Pat in Yorkshire. "He was a fiery little fellow, who would stand up to all the pressure".

"He is a World Cup victor and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players - and he was certainly one of those", Royle said.

Everton also paid tribute to Ray. "And he was a top guy, always there with a smile or a helpful word".

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