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Ron Flowers: Former Wolves and England midfielder dies aged 87

Ron Flowers has died at the age of 87, the Football Association has said.

The former England midfielder scored 10 goals in 49 appearances for the national team and was part of their 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

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Ron Flowers with fellow England player Jimmy Armfield (left) in 1962

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

He also holds the record for being the first England player to score in the European Championship when he netted against France in the 1962 qualifier.

A statement on the club’s official Twitter feed read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of club legend and vice president Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

“A giant on the pitch and a gentleman off it. There will be many people remembering Ron today and all of our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him.”

Flowers played 515 times for the Black Country club, placing him fifth on their all-time appearances list.

He joined from Wath Wanderers, a Wolves nursery club, and established himself as a key creative player in the side managed by Stan Cullis.

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

Ron Flowers, who was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, has died at the age of 87
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Ron Flowers, who was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, has died at the age of 87
England's Ron Flowers (left) and Gordon Banks (right) share a joke with actress Vivien Ventura in 1966
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England’s Ron Flowers (left) and Gordon Banks (right) share a joke with actress Vivien Ventura in 1966

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

He left Wolves the year after to join Northampton, where he served as player-manager, followed by spells at Telford and Wellington Town.

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

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