Ray Wilson, 1966 World Cup winner: 1934 – 2018
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ray Wilson, a member of England’s heroic 1966 World Cup-winning team, has sadly passed away, aged 83.
The former left-back was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 and died on Tuesday evening.
His former clubs Huddersfield Town and Everton announced the news on Wednesday.
Wilson is a legend at Huddersfield, where he made 283 appearances and played under manager Bill Shankly.
He later joined Everton, where he won the FA Cup before winning the World Cup with England.
A statement from Huddersfield said: “Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup winner Ramon ‘Ray’ Wilson MBE at the age of 83..
“Ray is arguably the most successful and best-known player ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt, having been a key member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966.”
#htafc is devastated to learn of the passing of @England World Cup winner Ramon ‘Ray’ Wilson MBE at the age of 83.
The thoughts of everyone at Town are with Ray’s wife, his sons and the rest of his family and friends at this difficult time.
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— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 16, 2018
Wilson made his England debut in 1960 and went on to win 63 caps, 30 of those as a Huddersfield player.
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, who beat West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup final at Wembley.
“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 continued.
“The thoughts of everyone at Huddersfield Town are with Ray’s wife Pat, his sons Russ and Neil and the rest of his family and friends at this difficult time.”