England 1966 Hero Ray Wilson Dies At The Age Of 83


Singled out by then-Huddersfield manager Bill Shankly as a strong and pacy left-back, he went on to make 63 appearances for the Three Lions between 1960 and 1968.

"RIP RAY WILSON We had some laughs and some very late nights through the years and even with your illness you carried on coming with us and keeping us on our toes until about six years ago", he posted on Twitter.

Wilson's former club Huddersfield announced his death 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.

Claiming his 50th cap in the Quarter-Final with Portugal Wilson ensured his place in the final thanks to his calmness on the ball and a level of consistency which was unwavering during something of a hard-fought qualification campaign.

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Everton also paid tribute to Ray.

Ray Wilson, a member of the England World Cup winning squad of 1966, has died aged 83.

Peter Shilton, who first came into the England team in 1970, two years after Wilson won his last cap, said on Sky Sports News: "Football was his life and that's all that concerned him really".

Following his retirement, he ran a successful undertaker's business in Huddersfield before retiring in 1997 to Halifax. The northern English team said Wilson, who played for the club for most of his career, continued to attend matches despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004.

"I've been informed that in the squad it's quite a few more".