|Full name||Ramon Wilson|
|Date of birth||December 17, 1934|
|Place of birth||Shirebrook, England|
|Playing position||Left back|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
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:
Ray over de zege op Wembley
Een mooie radiodocumentaire van de BBC uit 1999: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/football_legends/11916.shtml
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 football 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.
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 Towns 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.
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 Englandcaps.uk.co 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.
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.
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.
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.
De wereldkampioenen uit 1966
left to right : Harold Sheperdson (trainer), Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon
Banks, Jackie Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson and Sir Alf
Front row, left to right : Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, and Bobby Charlton.