Nobby Stiles, part of the English team that won the World Cup in 1966, died at the age of 78 after a long illness.
Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side who became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later when they defeated Benfica in the final at Wembley.
In a statement by the Stiles family it says: “The Stiles family is sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today (October 30th, 2020), surrounded by his family after a long illness.
Nobby Stiles, part of the English team that won the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 78
England won their first and only World Cup after beating West Germany 4-2 at Wembley, in which Stiles (second from left in the back row) participated
Stiles' family, which included Ms. Kay (to Nobby's right), requested privacy after announcing his death Friday
"The family is asking for privacy at this sad time."
Stiles has been credited with a key role in neutralizing the threat posed by Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-finals. He won a total of 28 international matches, the lowest number of all World Cup winners.
He was also famous for dancing at Wembley after England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final.
Stiles was born in Collyhurst, Manchester, in May 1942, during an air raid. He arranged 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.
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Gordon Banks – Best English goalkeeper of all time, playing mainly for Leicester City and Stoke City as well as in the USA. He died at the age of 81 after battling kidney cancer.
George Cohen – Hailed by George Best as "the greatest full-back I have ever played". A one-club man for Fulham, which has a statue after 459 appearances. The 81-year-old is one of four team members who are still alive.
Jack Charlton – Sir Bobby's brother and a stand-alone star defender only played for Leeds United in his career. Moved into management and led the Republic of Ireland to the knockout stages at two World Championships. Died this July at the age of 85.
Bobby Moore – The incomparable England defender and captain is considered the greatest ball game center in history. Tragically, he died of colon cancer in 1993 at the age of only 51. He was the first of the 1966 team to pass away. It's still very upset that he was never knighted.
Ray Wilson – At 32, Huddersfield's top-manned England international was also the oldest member of the team, who beat West Germany 4-2 in the final on July 30th. He died in May 2018 at the age of 83 after suffering from Alzheimer's for 14 years.
Nobby Stiles – His toothless dance after winning Wembley has become an icon in English football, as has his wild midfield games. Manchester United's mainstay passed away today after battling Alzheimer's.
Alan Ball – Was the youngest member and youngest man in the game in the 1966 final, but sold his winners medal to support his family – as eight of the eleven players did. Played for 13 clubs before moving to management. He died of a heart attack in 2007, aged only 61, while trying to put out a fire.
Sir Bobby Charlton – Survived the Munich air disaster before helping England win the World Cup first. With his majestic left foot and the decisive 1966 goals, many have said he was the greatest footballer England has ever produced. Still working for Manchester United at the age of 83.
Martin Peters – Scorer of the second goal in the final. Started a second career in the insurance industry in 1984 after playing 67 caps for the national team, playing for West Ham, Tottenham and Norwich. Died on December 21, 2019 at the age of 76.
Sir Geoff Hurst – Sir Geoff was still the only player to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. He was part of an army of West Ham players that dominated the English team in 1966. The 78-year-old was knighted in 1998. He is retired and lives in Cheltenham with his wife Judith.
Roger Hunt – Hunt, one of Liverpool's biggest players, joined his family's forwarding company after retiring from the game in 1972. After years of neglect, he was named an MBE along with Ball, Cohen, Stiles and Wilson in 2000 after recognizing their achievements, now lives in Warrington and is 82 years old.
Sir Alf Ramsey – National hero and mastermind behind the "wingless miracles" team, the manager had predicted England would win the 1966 World Cup when he took over the helm in 1963. He lost his job after failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup and retired to a quiet life in Ipswich in 1980. He died in 1999 after a heart attack at the age of 79.
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
He won the Red Devils Championship in 1965 and 1967, before becoming continentally successful the following year.
Stiles left United in 1971 and played for Middlesbrough and Preston. He later ran the Lilywhites 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.
He married his wife Kay, sister of the former International Republic of Johnny Giles, in 1961. They have three children together.
Gary Lineker paid tribute to Stiles and wrote on Twitter: “It's sad to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.
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
& # 39; Another of our heroes who won the World Cup in 1966 is leaving us.
& # 39; He had a heart even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby. & # 39;
Sportsmail & # 39;s Chris Sutton also paid tribute to the world champion, telling the game to do more to support the fight against Alzeheimer.
He won a total of 28 international matches for England, the lowest number of all World Cup winners
& # 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."
Stiles left United in 1971 and played for Middlesbrough and Preston throughout his career
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."
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 …"
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."
Another United legend Peter Schmeichel added: "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.
& # 39; Really sad news @ ManUtd legend Nobby Styles has passed away. A great hero and an inspiration for all United fans, ”wrote Peter Schmeichel.
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