Ray Wilson, World Cup-winning defender, dies aged 83

Ray Wilson left-back of English World Cup winning squad in 1966 dies at 83

Ray Wilson, World Cup-winning defender, dies aged 83

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

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".

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

At 32, Wilson was the oldest player in the England lineup that beat West Germany 4-2 in extra time in the final at Wembley Stadium in July 1966.

"We are extremely saddened to hear the news about Ray Wilson", Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said.

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Wilson made a total of 63 appearances for the national team, while also going on to represent Huddersfield and Everton a total of 382 times during his career.

"RIP RAY WILSON We had some laughs and some very late nights through the years and even with your illness you carried on coming with us and keeping us on our toes until about six years ago", he posted on Twitter.

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.

Wilson ended his football career in 1971 and subsequently worked as an undertaker for more than 25 years. Instead, the eye was drawn to a gallery of sketches - "doodles", his wife Pat called them, trying to make sense of her husband's handiwork.

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