Alan Bass (England doctor 1966)

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Alan Bass


Alan Bass sat next to Sir Alf Ramsey during the 1966 World Cup final and was head of Fifa's medical committee

Alan Bass, the doctor for England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died at the age of 90.

The former Harley Street consultant was seated next to manager Ramsey as England beat West Germany 4-2.

Bass was also England's doctor at the 1970 World Cup, and treated Gary Lineker's broken wrist before the striker went on to win the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup.

Previously, Bass worked at Arsenal with former Gunners manager and England defender Billy Wright, and also helped famous film stars on set such as Sir Sean Connery.

Bass was dedicated to his profession and never became star struck as he treated famous golf and tennis athletes.

That outlook even applied to the 1966 World Cup celebrations, where he took the chance to offer then Prime Minister Harold Wilson his opinions on the state of the health service.

That was why he left for Canada to become a professor. He also became head of Fifa's medical committee, but his benefit to England did not stop there.

Bass was on hand to help Lineker when he broke his wrist during a friendly in Vancouver before the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

The level of trust between Ramsey and Bass was summed up by a tale he told about the Jules Rimet Trophy - which was then awarded to the world champions - following the success in 1966.

The team had been entertained in Ireland, but when they returned to Heathrow, there was nobody to meet Alf so he wrapped the trophy up in newspaper and gave it to Alan to take home and and collected it the next day.
 
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