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Ray Wilson (Huddersfield Town, Everton, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and England)


Karen Browne
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Ramon "Ray" Wilson

born 17th December 1934, Shirebrook, Derbyshire
died Wednesday 16th May 2018, aged 83

Langwith Imperial
Aug 1952 Huddersfield Town 266+0 6 (283 apps in all)
July 1964 Everton 114+2 0 (F.A. Cup 1966) (154 apps in all)
July 1969 Oldham Athletic 25+ 0 0
July 1970 Bradford City 2+0 0 (later manager for 10 matches)

England 1960-68 63 apps
Football League 10 apps

M.B.E. 2000 (World Cup 1966)

Wilson was an apprentice railwayman after leaving school. Spotted in an amateur match at Huddersfield Town he worked on the tracks by night and trained with Huddersfield by day, before being called up for his two years of National Service with the Army in 1953.

The Huddersfield Town manager Bill Shankly signed Wilson on professional forms and made his debut in October 1955.

In 1964 Wilson joined Everton after 30 caps for England, and he remains Huddersfield's most capped England international. He went on to win the F.A. Cup with Everton in 1966 and in 1968 was on the losing side, as Everton were beaten by West Bromwich Albion.

Following an injury he was granted a free transfer to Oldham Athletic in 1969 and in 1970 he moved to Bradford City and served as caretaker manager there for 10 matches from September to November 1971 before being succeeded by Bryan Edwards.

Wilson's England debut was in April 1960 v Scotland and he soon became a regular and played in all 4 games in the 1962 World Cup finals. He retained his place under new manager Alf Ramsey.

Ramsey experimented with other left backs before the 1966 World Cup but Wilson was an ever present as England won the trophy with the semi-final v Portugal being Wilson's 50th cap.

Ramsey continued to choose Wilson for the qualifying for the 1968 European Championships, ultimately going out in the semi finals and finishing third overall.

Wilson's 63rd and final England cap came in the third place play-off against the U.S.S.R.

A knee injury in the summer of 1968, coupled with the emergence of Terry Cooper ended Wilson's England career.

Wilson built a successful undertaker's business in Huddersfield until his retirement in 1997.

Wilson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, along with World Cup winning teammates Nobby Stiles in 2012 and Martin Peters in 2013.

(This post was edited by John Treleven on May 16, 2018, 5:22 PM)


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