Shirebrook-born World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83

English defender Ray Wilson right kicks the ball

Shirebrook-born World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83

Ray Wilson, a former England footballer and 1966 World Cup victor, has died aged 83.

Wilson was revered by both Everton and his first club Huddersfield and he was honoured in April this year when their Premier League clash was officially designated Ray Wilson Day.

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.

Married with two sons, Wilson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2004. "Unquestionably one of the finest footballers to wear the royal blue jersey, Ray passed away on Tuesday evening, aged 83".

Wilson was just one of England's 1966 World Cup squad who had Alzheimer's.

At 32, the the left-back was the oldest player in the starting side.

In a tweet, Huddersfield Town paid tribute to the Three Lions and Terriers hero.

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

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".

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

"Ray Wilson led the onset of a new breed of full-backs".

"Prior to Ray, they had all been sentinels, big, tall lads".

"He is a World Cup victor and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players", Royle said. "He was the best of his kind at the time".

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