England's 1966 World Cup heroes then and now as Jack Charlton sadly passes away


Jack Charlton, a member of the most successful England team in history, has died aged 85.

The World Cup winner lined up in central defence alongside captain Bobby Moore and behind his brother Bobby Charlton when England won on football’s biggest stage for the first and only time.

He also made a record 773 appearances for Leeds during his 21-year playing career and managed the Republic of Ireland at their first major finals at Euro 88 and then the Italia 90 World Cup.

But his greatest triumph was at Wembley when England lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy after beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time in the final.

Sir Alf Ramsey’s side went on to finish third in the 1968 European Championships and reach the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup.

Here Mirror Football looks back at the players who made history with Jack Charlton.


JACK CHARLTON – 1935-2020

Made 629 appearances for Leeds and collected 35 England caps, before turning attention to a successful managerial career.

After stints with Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle, Charlton stepped up to lead the Republic of Ireland. Charlton led the Irish to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup, his side falling 2-0 to Holland.

Appointed an OBE in 1974 and awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996, being made a freeman of the city of Dublin in 1994. Passed away at home in his native north east to a flood of tributes.

Jack Charlton
Jack Charlton collected 35 England caps

GORDON BANKS – 1937-2019

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Went on to win 73 England caps and make 628 club appearances in a 15-year career. Still famed for his stunning save from Pele’s header in England’s 1970 World Cup clash with Brazil.

Helped Stoke to the 1972 League Cup though lost the sight in one eye in a car crash in October later that same year, that ultimately ended his professional career.

Enjoyed a brief managerial stint with Telford United.

Died in February 2019, with former England striker Gary Lineker hailing Banks as “an absolute hero of mine”.

Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks is considered England’s greatest ever goalkeeper

GEORGE COHEN – 1939-present

Fulham defender Cohen was forced to retire through injury aged 29, having amassed 459 appearances for the Craven Cottage club. Cohen struggled with bowel cancer for 14 years in the 1980s.

He later opted to sell his World Cup winner’s medal, though Fulham purchased the item to display it at Craven Cottage. Nephew Ben Cohen helped England win the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

He was awarded the MBE in 2000 and in 2016 Fulham unveiled a statue of Cohen at Craven Cottage to celebrate their former player.

George Cohen was awarded the MBE in 2000

BOBBY MOORE – 1941-1993

Widely accepted as England’s greatest centre-half and one of the best anywhere of all time, the World Cup-winning captain died from bowel and liver cancer in February 1993, aged 51.

Won 108 caps for England, representing West Ham with distinction, before enjoying spells at Fulham and in America.

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Moore’s widow Stephanie founded the Bobby Moore Fund in 1993 to raise money for research into bowel cancer and raise public awareness of the disease.

Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore – captain, leader, legend

RAY WILSON – 1934-2018

England’s left-back kept the lowest profile of the 1966 winners.

Wilson built a successful undertaker’s business in Huddersfield after his football career, but retired from his second career in 1997. Passed away last May, aged 83.

Ray Wilson went on to build a successful undertakers business in Huddersfield

NOBBY STILES – 1942-present

Midfielder Stiles ended up with 28 England caps but went on to rack up 392 appearances for Manchester United before a move to Middlesbrough in 1971.

A career in coaching followed, with two stints at Preston, before a short-lived tenure at West Brom.

Stiles worked as a youth team coach at Manchester United between 1989 and 1993, helping oversee the development of the renowned class of ’92 that included the likes of David Beckham and the Neville brothers.

Nobby Stiles
Nobby Stiles, England’s talented midfielder, helped guide Man United’s Class of ’92

ALAN BALL – 1945-2007

Ball died of a heart attack in April 2007, aged 61.

The combative midfielder excelled in stints with Blackpool, Everton and Arsenal, while also winning 72 England caps.

After more than 800 club appearances Ball then moved into management, twice taking charge at Portsmouth along with stints at Southampton and Manchester City.

Alan Ball sadly passed away at the age of 61 in 2007

SIR BOBBY CHARLTON – 1937-present

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Jack’s younger brother Bobby continues to sit on Manchester United’s board of directors, remaining a fixture at Old Trafford matches. The 81-year-old Ashington native racked up 106 England caps between 1958 and 1970, before short managerial stints with Preston and Wigan.

Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton racked up 106 caps for his country

MARTIN PETERS – 1943-2019

Moved into the insurance business after retiring from football in 1983, following 67 England caps and lengthy stints with West Ham, Tottenham and Norwich.

Sat on Tottenham’s board of directors in the late 1990s and continues to attend Spurs matches even though he has since stepped down from his formal role.

Was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and sadly passed away in December last year.

Martin Peters
Martin Peters scored in the 1966 World Cup final

SIR GEOFF HURST – 1941-present

Still the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, Hurst made more than 400 appearances for West Ham and won 49 England caps.

Short-lived managerial stints with Telford United, Chelsea and even a foray into club management in Kuwait punctuated work in the insurance trade after his playing career. Lives in Cheltenham.

Geoff Hurst
Geoff Hurst is the only man to have ever scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final

ROGER HUNT – 1938-present

Liverpool stalwart Hunt made more than 400 appearances for the Anfield club, along with winning 34 caps for England.

Held Liverpool’s club scoring record until overhauled by Ian Rush.

Joined his family’s haulage business after retiring from football.

SIR ALF RAMSEY, MANAGER – 1920-1999

Top row left to right: trainer Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Manager Alf Ramsey, and bottom row, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton

The former Southampton and Tottenham full-back continued at the England helm until 1974, after the 1966 triumph. Ramsey lost his national job after England failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

Stints at Birmingham and Panathinaikos followed, before he spent his retirement in Ipswich.

Ramsey died in April 1999 aged 79, less than a year after suffering a stroke, and after battling Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer.





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