England 1966 midfielder Ron Flowers has died, aged 87

Former Wolves midfielder Ron Flowers, a member of England’s 1966 World Cup squad, has died at the age of 87.

Flowers played for the Black Country Club between 1952 and 1967 and helped them to three titles in the First Division and the FA Cup in 1960.

A statement on the club’s official Twitter feed said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of club legend and Vice President Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

“A giant in the square and a gentleman next to it. Many people will remember Ron today and all of our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him. “

Flowers played 515 times for Wolves, placing him fifth on their all-time list.

He came from Wath Wanderers, a Wolves kindergarten, and established himself as a key creative player on the team led by Stan Cullis.

He played 49 times for England and played 40 consecutive international matches between November 1958 and April 1963, including the 1962 World Cup in Chile.

It did not appear when Sir Alf Ramsey’s men became world champions on home soil in 1966, but received a World Cup winners medal on Downing Street in 2009 after initially only those on the field received one at the final whistle.

The following year he left Wolves to move to Northampton, where he served as player manager, followed by stints in Telford and Wellington Town.

Flowers was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honors List 2021.

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