Ray Wilson, 1966 world cup victor, no more

  • Ray Wilson, 1966 world cup victor, no more

Ray Wilson, 1966 world cup victor, no more

Ray Wilson, a member of England's heroic 1966 World Cup-winning team, has sadly passed away, aged 83.

"Until very recently, he was a regular supporter of the Terriers at home match days alongside his eldest son Russell despite battling Alzheimer's disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2004", Huddersfield's statement said.

Wilson's death was announced as England boss Gareth Southgate named his squad for this summer's World Cup.

At 32, the Derbyshire-born left-back was the oldest player in Alf Ramsey's starting XI which overcame West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final at Wembley. "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.

He made 63 appearances for England from 1960-68 before a knee injury forced the end of his worldwide career.

Ray Wilson 1934- 2018
Ray Wilson 1934- 2018

Following more struggles with injury Wilson was granted a free transfer and joined Oldham Athletic in 1969, a move which meant he ultimately missed out on Everton's First Division title win of 1970.

The club said it was " devastated" to learn of his passing and said its thoughts were with his wife Pat and his sons Russ and Neil.

The Twitter account of fellow World Cup victor Jimmy Greaves tweeted: "RIP Ray Wilson".

Wilson ended his football career in 1971 and subsequently worked as an undertaker for more than 25 years.

Team members Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, and Jack Charlton were also suffering from memory loss or dementia.