English World Champion Nobby Stiles dies at the age of 78 after years of battling Alzheimer's – only FOUR of the 1966 heroes are still alive after the death of the legend of Manchester United
- Nobby Stiles' family confirmed that he passed away peacefully on Friday at the age of 78
- Stiles won the European Cup with Manchester United after they beat Benfica
- However, his greatest contribution was his participation in the 1966 World Cup
- He won 28 international matches in England, the lowest of any team to win the World Cup
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 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 78
The World Cup winner died on Friday after years of fighting with Alzeheimer
"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 semi-finals of the World Cup. 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.
Stiles was also part of the Manchester United team, which became the first English club to win the European Cup
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.
He returned to United for four years in 1989 as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Gary Lineker paid tribute to Stiles and wrote on Twitter: “It's sad to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.
He won a total of 28 international matches for England, the lowest number of all World Cup winners
'Another hero 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 Cup winner, telling the game to do more to support the fight against Alzeheimer.
Stiles left United in 1971 and played for Middlesbrough and Preston throughout his career
& # 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 saddened to hear the death of Nobby Stiles, a key member of our @ FIFAWorldCup winning team, at the age of 78.
"All of our thoughts are with Nobby's loved ones."
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 …"
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."
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