Ray Wilson, English World Cup victor, dies aged 83

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

On leaving school Wilson began working as an apprentice on the railways but was spotted by a scout while playing at amateur level with Huddersfield Town and was able to combine his passion for football with full-time employment by working on the tracks in the evenings and training with Huddersfield during the day.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, but until recently was still a regular visitor to the Kirklees Stadium for home matches.

On the club's official twitter it wrote: "Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player, FA Cup victor and World Cup hero, Ray Wilson MBE".

"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.

Ray Wilson, the left back in all six of England's games in its World Cup-winning campaign in 1966, has died.

He made 63 appearances for England from 1960-68 before a knee injury forced the end of his worldwide career.

Ray Wilson in 1956
Image Ray Wilson in 1956

Peter Shilton, who first came into the England team in 1970, two years after Wilson won his last cap, said on Sky Sports News: "Football was his life and that's all that concerned him really".

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

After soccer, he worked for his father-in-law's undertaker business.

The Twitter account of fellow World Cup victor Jimmy Greaves tweeted: "RIP Ray Wilson".

"I've been informed that in the squad it's quite a few more".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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