Former England football star dies

Former England football star dies

16 May 2018, 17:10

Former England football ace Ray Wilson has died at the age of 83. He won the 1966 World Cup title for his country.

Wilson was diagnosed with  Alzheimer's disease in 2004, made 283 appearances for Huddersfield Town between 1952 and 1964 before spending another five season's with  Everton and won an FA Cup.

Huddersfield praised their former star saying that he was one of the finest footballers to ever pull on their shirt.

"Ray is arguably the most successful and best-known player ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt. 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 club said.

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"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." the club added.

"He is a World Cup winner and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world-class players. He was certainly one of those. He was the best of his kind at the time. And he was a top guy, always there with a smile or a helpful word. I played a few reserve games with Ray and it was like listening to a maestro. He knew his stuff." former Toffees boss Joe Royle said.

He spent most of his club career at Huddersfield Town before moving to Everton where he helped the Toffees win the 1966 FA Cup.

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