Ray Wilson
Personal information
Full name Ramon Wilson
Date of birth December 17, 1934 
Place of birth    Shirebrook, England
Playing position Left back
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Huddersfield Town
Oldham Athletic
Bradford City
266 (6)
116 (0)
025 (0)
002 (0)   
National team
1960-1968 England 063 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

bron: Wikipedia

Ray begon zijn profloopbaan als junior bij Huddersfield Town en debuteerde in het eerste in 1955, tegen Manchester United. Na 12 jaar stapte hij over naar Everton, daar verdiende hij zijn selectie voor het WK, om vervolgens via Oldham Athletic en Bradford City zijn carrière te beëindigen. De WK van 1966 was uiteraard het hoogtepunt in de carrière van Ray Wilson. Op de foto zie je hem links.

De finale in 3 minuten:



En nog wat audio- en videomateriaal: (bron: My Yorkshire)

Ray over de zege op Wembley    

Een mooie radiodocumentaire van de BBC uit 1999: 

Over de latere jaren van zijn voetballoopbaan is niet zoveel meer terug te vinden, onderstaand wel enkele -Engelstalige- passages over zijn tijd bij Huddersfield en Everton.

Arrived at Leeds Road as a 17-year-old fresh from working nights on the railways. Little did the youngster know at the time that he would eventually become one of the greatest players ever to don the blue and white stripes. First team f
ootball was a long way off in his early days at Town. Wilson, after two years national service as a signaller with the Royal Artillery in Egypt, eventually made his debut against Manchester United in 1955. He established himself during the 1957 / 58 campaign sharing left-back duties with Laurie Kelly. Under manager Bill Shankly the defender missed only one game in two seasons and eventually earned the first of many caps for England.

After 12 years at Leeds Road he left for Everton in June 1964 and went on to win a World Cup medal with England in 1966.
Wilson is Town’s most capped England international.
bron: official website Huddersfield Town

Success came late to Ray Wilson. By the time he won the FA Cup with Everton and the World Cup with England in 1966, he was already 31 years old. The success was well-deserved, however, as during his time at Huddersfield Town Wilson had established a reputation as the finest full-back in the country. Although lightly-built, he was strong in the tackle and blisteringly quick over short yardage. Not that he often needed to be – he had an uncanny sense of positioning which suggested a higher level of awareness. His qualities weren't limited to defending, and with his cool, imaginative distribution he fitted perfectly into the Everton passing game.

Wilson joined Huddersfield, his first club, as a forward, but after failing to impress either there or at wing-half, moved to left-back. He settled in the number three shirt and was honed as a full-back by the Huddersfield manager, a certain Bill Shankly, proving himself good enough to represent England and winning a significant proportion of his 63 caps while playing in Yorkshire. The majority were gained in his time at Everton, for whom he signed in July 1964 in an exchange deal involving a payment of £35,000 and Mick Meagan. It wasn't the first time Wilson had tried to leave Huddersfield, nor the first time Everton manager Harry Catterick had tried to buy him – although his original advances were made when he was in charge at Sheffield Wednesday.

Things didn't go to plan immediately for Wilson at Goodison Park. In his first home game, v Nottingham Forest, he sustained a hip injury which kept him out for nearly four months. On his return he became a fixture in the Everton side, his play if anything improving, and his career peaked in 1966 with those two Wembley triumphs.

Two years later he was again injured, this time damaging a knee to the extent that it stripped him of much of his pace. It probably also precipitated his 1969 move to Oldham, from where he went to Bradford and served as player-coach and later caretaker-manager, before quitting football altogether – making a total career change and becoming an undertaker. He was finally awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours.


Zijn eerste interland speelde hij in 1960, in totaal veroverde Ray 63 caps. In die tijd kregen spelers ook echte caps, waaronder deze uit 1965 van de wedstrijd tegen Joegoslavië (zijn 33e):

De site heeft hetvolgende relaas over zijn interlandcarrière:

Wilson’s debut came in a 1-1 draw with Scotland and over the next year he established himself in the side, which at the time was selected by an FA committee and coached by Sir Walter Winterbottom. Many players were concerned about their team places when Sir Alf Ramsey took over in 1963, as he had forced the FA to accept his utter and complete control over team selection. Wilson was not one who needed to worry.

Not only did he have strength and speed, but also good distribution and excellent positional awareness, which was essential to operate Ramsey’s tricky but effective zonal marking system. Bobby Moore appreciated Wilson’s unflappable nature, saying that it was a comfort to play alongside him, and he was regarded by many as the best left back in the world.

World Cup Winner

The World Cup saw Wilson still far and away first choice for left back at the age of 31, and he enhanced his reputation further as he fitted so well with Ramsey’s chosen tactics. “What you had to do for Alf was graft and work hard” he said, as the team sat back and hit hard on the break, putting extra pressure on the defense.

It’s a measure of his success that one rare error sticks out in the memory, when his weak headed clearance fell to West German striker Helmut Haller, whose low shot opened the scoring in the final. But characteristically Wilson carried on putting in a near-faultless display as England ran out 4-2 winners.

Carrying the Captain

Wilson is featured in one of the most iconic scenes of England’s win, being one of the players hoisting Bobby Moore and the Jules Rimet trophy aloft. He was still around when all the other players had gone off celebrating around the pitch and the photographers persuaded him to lift Bobby; “otherwise I would not have been there, believe me” he later said.

Bovenstaand moment vereeuwigd. Ray is de meest rechtse speler. Verder Geoff Hurst, Martin Peter en, op de schouders, Bobby Moore.het standbeeld staat in de buurt van Upton Park, het stadion van West Ham United.

European Championship

Wilson remained a mainstay of the England team for a number of years, featuring in the European Championship run of 1968 which resulted in third place. A knee injury, shortly after that competition, and the emergence of a new star in the form of Leeds United’s Terry Cooper, meant the end of his England career. He recovered and returned to playing with Everton but he couldn’t restore his old speed and eventually retired in 1971.


People tend to assume that his name is short for “Raymond”, but in fact his mother called him “Ramon”, after her favourite Spanish film star. Although he changed it to "Ray" as soon as he could, Wilson attributed of his fierceness to the name that his mother gave him. It’s also likely that he also inherited her determination, as she had to try a number of different registrars before she found one who would accept it!

Quiet Retirement

Both before and after England’s World Cup victory in 1966, Wilson never made use of the fame that his skill delivered, and when his playing career ended he left the game to join his father-in-law in setting up an undertakers business, retiring in 1997. Along with the four other players in the 1966 final who had not received any honours, he was awarded the MBE as a Millennium honour in 2000. He had previously sold his winner’s medal to fund his retirement, as Huddersfield refused him a testimonial, the usual gift in those days, after ten years faithful service.


De wereldkampioenen uit 1966

Back row, left to right : Harold Sheperdson (trainer), Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jackie Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson and Sir Alf Ramsey (Manager). 
Front row, left to right : Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, and Bobby Charlton.