England mourns the death of Nobby Stiles. The 1966 world champion, according to his family, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long illness.
Stiles, who has made 28 appearances for England, played very well in the legendary Wembley final (4: 2 against Germany in extra time), dancing with the World Cup in one hand and a denture in the other after the final whistle. He was also one of the leading figures in the semi-finals, as he was a disruptive midfielder and played incomparably against Portugal, against Eusebio. Nobby Stiles has always said that winning the 1966 World Cup was the best moment of his life.
The world has recognized him as a toothless and uncompromising demolition midfielder. He has made almost 400 official appearances for Manchester United in 11 years. Stiles is a United legend – he was 15 years old when he joined the team and won the championship twice in Manchester (1965, 1967), and in 1968 he won the European Champions Cup. In the 4-1 win over Lisbon Benfica, his and Eusebio’s paths crossed again, and the winner was also Stiles.
In addition to Manchester United, he played for Middlesbrough (1971-1973) and the first English champions, Preston North End, which he later coached. He ended his active sports career in 1975.
In 1989, Stiles returned to coach the children at Old Trafford. His students were Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. He has had severe cancer and has been suffering from dementia in recent years. Stiles could not even attend the 50th anniversary of the 2016 World Cup. Since 2016, one of the streets in Manchester bears his name.
In addition to Stiles, the following players have died from the 1966 England squad: Captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and Jack Charlton.