Bobby Charlton leads tributes to 1966 victor Ray Wilson

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

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

The former left-back is a Huddersfield Town legend, having made 283 appearances for the Terriers, and also won the FA Cup with Everton.

Ray Wilson in his England days (Don Morley/PA).

Wilson, 83, was part of Alf Ramsey's team that lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 1966 with a 4-2 victory over West Germany. I played a few reserve games with Ray and it was like listening to a maestro.

Claiming his 50th cap in the Quarter-Final with Portugal Wilson ensured his place in the final thanks to his calmness on the ball and a level of consistency which was unwavering during something of a hard-fought qualification campaign.

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It has been confirmed that former England worldwide Ramon "Ray" Wilson MBE has passed away at the age of 83, following a 14 year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Following more struggles with injury Wilson was granted a free transfer and joined Oldham Athletic in 1969, a move which meant he ultimately missed out on Everton's First Division title win of 1970.

Following his retirement, he ran a successful undertaker's business in Huddersfield before retiring in 1997 to Halifax.

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

World Cup-winning player Ray Wilson has died, the Football Association have confirmed.

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