ENGLAND World Cup-winning legend Ray Wilson MBE has died aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
The defender, who was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s side that defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in 1966 to clinch the Jules Rimet trophy, passed away on Tuesday evening at The Bell House care home in Huddersfield.
PA:Press Association England World Cup-winning legend Ray Wilson has died
Wilson, who won 63 caps for his country, earned iconic status at both Huddersfield Town and Everton throughout his distinguished career.
A statement from the Terriers said: “Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup winner Ramon ‘Ray’ Wilson MBE at the age of 83.
“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.
“He made 283 appearances for the club between 1952 and 1964, scoring six goals, and is still Town’s most capped England player ever, representing his country 30 times as a Huddersfield player.
PA:Empics Sport Ray Wilson passed away on Tuesday aged 83
PA:Press Association The left-back was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s side that defeated West Germany to clinch the Jules Rimet trophy
“Until very recently, he was a regular supporter of the Terriers at home match days alongside his eldest son Russell despite battling Alzheimer’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2004.
“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 difficult time.”
After spending 12 years with the Terriers he left to join Everton in 1964.
But two years later would undoubtedly prove to be the absolute pinnacle of his career.