HUDDERSFIELD, England – Ray Wilson, who had been left behind in all six English games in his 1966 World Cup advertising campaign, has passed away. He was 83.
Huddersfield announced Wilson's death on Wednesday. The North-English team said that Wilson, who played for the club for most of his career, was continued to attend matches in spite of Alzheimer's Disease in 2004. At age 32, Wilson was the oldest player in the England lineup, defeating West Germany 4-2 in extra time in the final at Wembley Stadium in July 1966.
From 1960-68, he completed 63 games for England before a knee injury forced the end of his international career.
"We are shocked and sad" The English Football Association wrote on Twitter.
Wilson, a quick and reliable defender, started in Huddersfield in 1952 and combined football with work on the railroad. He moved to Everton in 1964 and won the FA Cup with the team in five years.
Wilson ended his spell with spells in Underham Oldham and then Bradford, where he was interim coach for a brief post-retirement assignment.
After the football work for the Confederate Sweetheart's
Wilson sold his World Championship medal in 2002.
Wilson survives his wife Pat and his sons Russ and Neil.
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