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Nobby Stiles dies at the age of 78 after Alzheimer's as fans mourn the icon


1966 English hero Nobby Stiles has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.

The man who was the "heart and soul" of the English team and was also part of the Manchester United team, which two years later became the first English club to win the European Cup, was honored.

In a statement, his family said: & # 39; The Stiles family is sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today (10/30/2020), surrounded by his family after a long illness.

"The family is asking for privacy at this sad time."

1966 English hero Nobby Stiles (pictured with his World Cup medal during a photo op at the Premier Inn hotel in Old Trafford, Manchester) died today at the age of 78 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease

Stiles' family, which included Ms. Kay (to Nobby's right), requested privacy after announcing his death Friday. Left to right picture: Nobby's granddaughter Megan, son Peter, himself, his daughter-in-law Mary, son John, Mrs. Kay, son Robert and granddaughter Catlin

Stiles' family, which included Ms. Kay (to Nobby's right), requested privacy after announcing his death Friday. Left to right picture: Nobby's granddaughter Megan, son Peter, himself, his daughter-in-law Mary, son John, Mrs. Kay, son Robert and granddaughter Catlin

The man who was the "heart and soul" of the English team that won the World Cup against West Germany (picture) was honored. Picture left to right: Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Ray Wilson and George Cohen

The man who was the "heart and soul" of the English team that won the World Cup against West Germany (picture) was honored. Picture left to right: Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Ray Wilson and George Cohen

Stiles (second from left in the back row) helped England win their first and only World Cup after beating West Germany 4-2 at Wembley. Top row left to right: Trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, manager Alf Ramsey and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton .

Stiles (second from left in the back row) helped England win their first and only World Cup after beating West Germany 4-2 at Wembley. Top row left to right: Trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, manager Alf Ramsey and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton .

Stiles was born in the basement of his family home in Collyhurst, north Manchester, during an air raid on May 18, 1942, and was raised in the working class.

His father Charlie was the manager of the family's funeral home, and his mother Kitty worked as a machinist.

He attended St. Patrick's Catholic Elementary School before Manchester United discovered his athletic talent as a 15-year-old school boy.

Stiles agreed to an apprenticeship with United in 1959, at a time when the club was still recovering from the Munich air disaster that killed eight players a year earlier.

After Stiles' death, there are only four surviving members of the site left

The short-term midfielder made his Sir Matt Busby debut the following year and became a recognizable figure on the field due to his missing front teeth – which showed up when his dentures were removed before the games – and his dramatic combination.

He married his sweetheart Kay, sister of the former Republic of the International Johnny Giles, in 1961 and they had three sons together: Peter, John and Robert.

The "toothless tiger" won the first division title in 1965 before winning the World Cup with England and the European Cup in 1968 with United the following year.

He may be remembered most for his dance when he holds the World Cup trophy after the final, but few would question his distinctive influence on and off the field in the lead up to England's victory.

Stiles won the Red Devils championship titles in 1965 and 1967 before being successful in Europe in 1968

Stiles won the Red Devils championship titles in 1965 and 1967 before being successful in Europe in 1968

The World Cup winner died on Friday after years of fighting with Alzeheimer

The World Cup winner died on Friday after years of fighting with Alzeheimer

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United team, which became the first English club to win the European Cup

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United team, which became the first English club to win the European Cup

Stiles (left) won the World Championship with Jack Charlton and Sir Bobby Charlton after defeating West Germany in 1966

Stiles (left) won the World Championship with Jack Charlton and Sir Bobby Charlton after defeating West Germany in 1966

In 2002, Stiles told the Guardian, "It's still the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. Everyone still wants a piece of you.

“To be fair, I'm not as busy as some of the other guys. But wherever you go, what you've done means so much to people. You don't just expect this from guys my age.

“But kids the age of grandchildren come up to me and say, 'Hey, you, you're the guy with no teeth who danced around Wembley, right? "In a way, you belong to everyone."

After stints in Middlesborough and Preston North End, Stiles withdrew from the game in 1975.

He is the seventh member of the English team who started the final to die, after captain Bobby Moore

He is the seventh member of the English team who started the final to die, after captain Bobby Moore

Stiles left United in 1971 and played for Middlesbrough and Preston throughout his career. He won 28 caps in England and made 392 appearances for Manchester United

Stiles left United in 1971 and played for Middlesbrough and Preston throughout his career. He won 28 international matches in England and made 392 appearances for Manchester United

He later directed Preston between 1977 and 1981 before coaching the Canadian team Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986.

In 1989 he returned to United for four years as a youth coach under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Stiles sold his medals and football memorabilia to raise money for his family, as did many of his English teammates.

It raised £ 425,000 in auction in 2010 after Manchester United paid a total of £ 209,000 for medals from its World Cup and European Cup winners.

Stiles suffered a minor stroke that same year at age 68 and was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.

Nobby Stiles is in the stands at Wembley when QXL launches end-of-an-era auctions on May 17, 2000

Nobby Stiles is in the stands at Wembley when QXL launches end-of-an-era auctions on May 17, 2000

The "toothless tiger" won the title of the first division in 1965 before winning the World Cup with England and the European Cup in 1968 with United the following year

The "toothless tiger" won the first division title in 1965 before winning the World Cup with England and the European Cup in 1968 with United the following year

His later years were increasingly marked by his struggles with Alzheimer's and vascular dementia as he began to lose his speech.

Stiles' family criticized the lack of support he received, arguing that the professional footballers association should have completed research into the link between running a football and a degenerative brain disease during his lifetime.

He was named an MBE in 2000 and joined finalists Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson and George Cohen in 1966. In May 2016 a street in Collyhurst was named after him.

Gary Lineker paid tribute to Stiles and wrote on Twitter: “It's sad to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.

& # 39; Another of our heroes who won the World Cup in 1966 is leaving us. He had a heart that was bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby. & # 39;

He was named an MBE in 2000 and joined finalists Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson and George Cohen in 1966. In May 2016 a street in Collyhurst was named after him. PICTURED: Nobby (right) sits with his Manchester United and England teammate Sir Bobby Charlton

He was named an MBE in 2000 and joined finalists Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson and George Cohen in 1966. In May 2016 a street in Collyhurst was named after him. PICTURED: Nobby (right) sits with his Manchester United and England teammate Sir Bobby Charlton

Picture left to right: the English players Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters

Picture left to right: the English players Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters

Sportsmail & # 39;s Chris Sutton also paid tribute to the world champion, telling the game to do more to support the fight against Alzeheimer.

& # 39; Such sad news about Nobby Stiles. A World Cup winner and one of the game's great characters who lost to Alzheimer's, ”he wrote.

“Thoughts go to the Stiles family. At some point football will show a real urgency in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's. & # 39;

England also tweeted their condolences in a post that read: “We are incredibly sad to learn that Nobby Stiles, a key member of our @ FIFAWorldCup winning team, has passed away at the age of 78.

"All of our thoughts are with Nobby's loved ones."

The short-stop midfielder made his Sir Matt Busby debut the following year and became a recognizable figure on the field due to his missing front teeth - which showed up when his dentures were removed before the games - and his dramatic combination

The short-term midfielder made his Sir Matt Busby debut the following year and became a recognizable figure on the field due to his missing front teeth – which showed up when his dentures were removed before the games – and his dramatic combination

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson paid his respects to a man he said he helped when he broke into Preston's first team in 1974.

"Terrible news about Nobby Stiles … he made me a player at PNE more than anyone," he said.

"Absolute gentleman too … love for family … very sad day …"

Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat trick in the 1966 finals, added: “Very sad to hear Nobby passed away.

& # 39; We played together a long time ago for the U17, U23 and of course England. In fact, it was my first cap when Nobby met. I think he was wearing the number 9!

"Great character and the heart and soul of the team, he will be sorely missed."

Man United also wrote condolences, “We are very sad to hear of the death of Nobby Stiles MBE.

& # 39; Nobby was an integral part of our very first team to win the European Cup. He was a titan in the club's history and was valued for his heart and personality on and off the pitch.

"He will be sorely missed by all of us."

Former United and England defender Gary Neville also paid his respects, saying he showed the way how to represent the Reds.

& # 39; rest in peace Nobby. Thank you for everything you have done for us. You taught us how to fight for anything in that red shirt.

"Your stallions are your best friends out there."

"As a 16-year-old boy at Manchester United, it was a privilege to be coached by a legend of the game and a true gentleman," wrote Robbie Savage.

Another United legend, Peter Schmeichel, said: & # 39; Really sad news @ ManUtd legend Nobby Styles has passed away. A great hero and inspiration to all United fans. & # 39;

Pictured: Stiles (center) tries to attack West German Siegfried Held while the late Jack Charlton (right) looks on

Pictured: Stiles (center) tries to fight the West German Siegfried Held while the late Jack Charlton (right) looks on

Nobby Stiles signs an autograph for a fan upon the arrival of his team at Heathrow Airport after the 1970 World Cup in Mexico

Nobby Stiles signs an autograph for a fan on the arrival of his team at Heathrow Airport after the 1970 World Cup in Mexico

Stiles (pictured 1980) later managed Preston between 1977 and 1981, before coaching the Canadian team Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986

Stiles (pictured 1980) later managed Preston between 1977 and 1981, before coaching the Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986

Wayne Rooney wrote: & # 39; Sad news. Thoughts with the whole family and friends of the legend Nobby Stiles. & # 39;

Former United player Ben Thornley said: "Very sad to hear Nobby Stiles' death."

& # 39; It was an honor for me to be tutored in my early years at Man Utd not only by a colossus for club and country, but also by a gentleman at the highest level. God bless Nobby and the family you leave behind. & # 39;

Manchester City said: "From across town, we send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Nobby Stiles."

Arsenal football club wrote: “When he danced, the country danced with him. Rest in peace, Nobby Stiles MBE. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those who adored him. & # 39;

Stiles has been credited with a key role in neutralizing the threat posed by Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-finals.

He is the seventh member of the English team to start the finals after captains Bobby Moore, Ray Wilson, Alan Ball, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton and Gordon Banks.

He is survived by his child treasure wife Kay, and their three sons Peter, John and Robert.

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