Shirebrook-born World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83

Former England World Cup winner Ray Wilson has died at the age of 83

England World Cup victor Ray Wilson MBE has died at the age of 83.

He earned 63 caps for England and was part of the World Cup-winning side of 1966, adding to the FA Cup trophy he lifted with Everton that year.

"Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup victor Ramon "Ray" Wilson MBE at the age of 83", read a club statement.

Former Everton and Huddersfield Town full-back Wilson had been battling Alzheimer's disease.

Having learned of his passing, Huddersfield said: "Ray is arguably the most successful and best-known player ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt".

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement: "We are extremely saddened to hear the news about Ray Wilson".

"The thoughts of everyone at Town are with Ray's wife, his sons and the rest of his family and friends at this hard time".

"He made 283 appearances for the Club between 1952 and 1964, scoring six goals, and is still Town's most capped England player ever, representing his country 30 times as a Huddersfield player".

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

Wilson, who was born in Shirebrook in Derbyshire, became an undertaker after his retirement from playing and spent a brief period managing Bradford City in 1971.

"Wilson's status as a Goodison Park great was underlined when he was named Everton Giant for 2002".

"It was a comfort to play alongside him", Moore once said.

He had been part of the England squad for the 1962 World Cup in Chile and had played in all three group games prior to the side's elimination, but his impressive performances meant he was a certainty for the competition when it came to England four years later.

1968 also saw further disappointment in the FA Cup as, after reaching the Twin Towers once more with Everton, this time the Blues were defeated by West Bromwich Albion. "And he was a top guy, always there with a smile or a helpful word".



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