Ray Wilson: England World Cup-winning defender dies aged 83
Ray Wilson, a member of England’s World Cup-winning facet, has died, aged 83.
At 31, the left-back was the oldest participant in Sir Alf Ramsey’s beginning XI which overcame West Germany 4-2 within the 1966 closing at Wembley.
He spent most of his membership profession at Huddersfield City earlier than shifting to Everton, the place he helped the Toffees win the 1966 FA Cup.
Derbyshire-born Wilson, who additionally performed for Oldham and Bradford Metropolis, had been identified with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Terriers mentioned in a statement they had been “devastated” to study of Wilson’s loss of life and added: “He was a daily supporter at residence matchdays alongside his eldest son Russell regardless of battling Alzheimer’s illness.”
Everton additionally paid tribute to their former participant, saying Wilson was “unquestionably one of many most interesting footballers to put on the royal blue jersey”.
Former Toffees boss Joe Royle, who made his Everton debut the yr Wilson helped them to FA Cup success, mentioned: “He’s a World Cup winner and performed within the final England workforce that had 4, possibly 5, world-class gamers. He was actually a kind of.
“He was one of the best of his sort on the time. And he was a prime man, all the time there with a smile or a useful phrase. I performed a number of reserve video games with Ray and it was like listening to a maestro. He knew his stuff.”
Wilson’s England team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton additionally paid tribute to his “shut good friend”.
The 80-year-old mentioned: “Woman Norma and I are deeply saddened by the terrible information that Ray has handed away
“We shared some great recollections all through our profession and I had the pleasure of being his room-mate. Ray was an excellent man and he will likely be missed by so many individuals.”
One other of Wilson’s England team-mates, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, described him as “a beautiful man, on and off the sphere” and a “world-class participant”.
“It is very, very unhappy, horrible information,” Banks mentioned.
“He was all the time one of many lads who wished to have amusing within the dressing room and every time we went out for a drink.
“He was such a beautiful man, on and off the sphere.
“As a participant, he actually was very good. He wasn’t an enormous, strapping man, however he was so fast.
“He was a world-class participant with none query. There have been gamers we simply could not do with out, they had been terrific gamers, and he was considered one of them.”
1966 – a golden yr for Wilson
Wilson was born in Shirebrook on 17 December 1934, and was given the identify Ramon, in tribute to Mexican Hollywood actor Ramon Novarro.
He joined Huddersfield on the age of 17 in 1952, having beforehand labored on the railways. Wilson performed in a ahead function and in central defence earlier than making an attempt his hand at left-back, the place he was suggested to stay by reserve-team coach Invoice Shankly. It was when Liverpool’s legendary supervisor took cost of the primary workforce in 1956 that the defender’s profession flourished.
Wilson went on to win the primary of his 63 England caps in 1960 when he featured within the 1-1 draw in opposition to Scotland. He stays the final Terrier to play at a World Cup whereas on the membership, having performed on the 1962 event.
After 283 appearances Wilson joined Everton in 1964. Silverware got here in a memorable 1966 when Wilson helped the Toffees beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 within the FA Cup closing earlier than serving to England to World Cup success a number of weeks later.
The defender performed 154 matches for the Merseyside membership earlier than becoming a member of Oldham in 1969. He completed his profession in 1971 at Bradford, a workforce he additionally managed for simply 10 video games.
Wilson, who went on to open an undertaker enterprise in Huddersfield, was appointed an MBE in 2000.
‘A left-back of undoubted world class’
BBC Sport chief soccer author Phil McNulty
Ray Wilson might have been one of many extra unsung members of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning workforce – however he was a left-back of undoubted world class.
Wilson was the consummate defender but additionally blessed with lightning tempo that may have made him a grasp even within the fashionable period, when an attacking edge is named for.
He made his identify at his beloved Huddersfield City nevertheless it was at Everton, who he joined on the comparatively late age of 29 in 1964, the place he loved his biggest successes.
And so they all got here within the area of two months at Wembley in 1966, enjoying within the Everton facet that got here from two objectives all the way down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 within the FA Cup closing after which that historic day when West Germany had been overwhelmed 4-2 within the World Cup closing.
Ray Wilson can take his place in historical past as considered one of solely 11 Englishmen to own a World Cup winners’ medal.