Ray Wilson, the modest linchpin of England’s 1966 World Cup winners

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Full-back did not seek the limelight like some of his England team-mates and became an undertaker when he retired

As the members of Gareth Southgate’s squad prepare themselves for this summer’s World Cup, the news of the death at the age of 83 of Ray Wilson, the left-back in Alf Ramsey’s Boys of ’66, comes as a sharp and poignant reminder of a different time, when a World Cup winner could retire from the game and spend his remaining decades as a professional undertaker.

Like the Liverpool striker Roger Hunt, Everton’s Wilson was destined to be one of the less celebrated members of Ramsey’s immortals. But they were two without whose honesty and diligence the Jules Rimet Trophy could not have been won.

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Written by Richard Williams
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/16/ray-wilson-england-1966-world-cup-winning-left-back-dies-huddersfield-town-everton under the title “Ray Wilson, the modest linchpin of England’s 1966 World Cup winners”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.