Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies

World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies

There was nothing on display at Ray Wilson's home that told you this was the house of a World Cup victor.

Wilson's former club Huddersfield announced his death on Wednesday.

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.

"Huddersfield Town is devastated to learn of the passing of World Cup victor Ramon "Ray" Wilson MBE at the age of 83", read a statement on Huddersfield's official website. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004, he died on Tuesday.

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

He joined Everton in 1964 and reached the pinnacle of his career in the summer of 1966 as part of Sir Alf Ramsey's England team which beat West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley.

Ray Wilson with the England World Cup-winning team
Ray Wilson with the England World Cup-winning team Credit HULTON ARCHIVE

Wilson started out at Huddersfield in 1952, combining soccer with work on the railways.

"A true great of English football, our thoughts are with his wife Pat, his family and friends".

Wilson ended his football career in 1971 and subsequently worked as an undertaker for more than 25 years.

Wilson sold his World Cup winner's medal in 2002.

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

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