Bobby Charlton leads tributes to 1966 victor Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson: England 1966 World Cup winner dies, aged 83

Ray Wilson - England World Cup winner in 1966 - dies, aged 83, after battling Alzheimers

Wilson played for Huddersfield and Everton and won 63 England caps.

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

"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.

"He is a World Cup victor and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players".

As it turned out Wilson's only real error came in the final when his weak header fell to West German striker Helmut Haller, who pounced on the slip to give them the lead, but a hat-trick from Geoff Hurst and another from Martin Peters meant England ran out 4-2 winners.

Wilson started out at Huddersfield in 1952, combining soccer with work on the railways.

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"In one summer, he helped Everton win the FA Cup just weeks before being part of the England team that won the World Cup".

"Our thoughts are with Ray's wife, Pat, and their family during this hard time".

Wilson finished his career with spells at lower-league Oldham and then Bradford, where he was caretaker manager for a short stint after retirement.

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Team members Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, and Jack Charlton were also suffering from memory loss or dementia. I played a few reserve games with Ray and it was like listening to a maestro.

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