World Cup winner Ray Wilson dies aged 83

Ray Wilson – a former England footballer and 1966 World Cup winner – has died aged 83.

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

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 and died on Tuesday night.

Ray Wilson in 1956
Ray Wilson in 1956

“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,” Huddersfield Town FC said in a statement.

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

Wilson made his England debut in 1960 and went on to win 63 caps, 30 of those as a Huddersfield player.

Ray Wilson in 1964
He died on Tuesday night

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.

Everton said it was “deeply saddened”, and added he was “unquestionably one of the finest footballers to wear the royal blue jersey”.

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