Bobby Charlton leads tributes to 1966 victor Ray Wilson

Bobby Charlton leads tributes to 1966 victor Ray Wilson

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

England's 1966 World Cup winning defender Ray Wilson has died aged 83.

A slight, but well-built left-back, what really caught then Town Manager Bill Shankly's eye was his ability to get forward on the overlap as well as fulfilling his defensive duties and it wasn't long before he was offered his first professional contract in 1955, making his debut against Manchester United that same year.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004 and died on Tuesday night.

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

"The thoughts of everyone at Huddersfield Town are with Ray's wife Pat, his sons Russ and Neil and the rest of his family and friends at this hard time".

1968 also saw further disappointment in the FA Cup as, after reaching the Twin Towers once more with Everton, this time the Blues were defeated by West Bromwich Albion.

Ray Wilson in 1956
Image Ray Wilson in 1956

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement: "We are extremely saddened to hear the news about Ray Wilson".

He also made 116 appearances for Everton, including during his World Cup-winning year in 1966.

"A wonderful player who was so well thought of across the game, Ray will forever be remembered for achieving a remarkable Wembley double in 1966".

Joe Royle, who played with him at Everton, said: "You had a speedy ex-winger who certainly was not going to be beaten for pace".

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

"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". Maybe third centre-backs, rather than full-backs.

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