World News – GB – World Cup winner and Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles dies at 78


He was part of the Manchester United squad which were the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968

Nobby Stiles, member of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 78 after a long illness

Collyhurst-born Stiles was also part of the Manchester United squad which became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later, when they beat Benfica in the final at Wembley

A statement released by the Stiles family read: “The Stiles family is sad to report that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness »The family kindly ask for confidentiality in this sad period »

Stiles played a key role in neutralizing the threat of Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-finals In total, he won 28 caps, the lowest number among World Cup winners

In total, he won 28 caps, the lowest number among World Cup winners

He agreed to apprentice terms with United in 1959, at a time when the club were still recovering from the Munich air disaster a year earlier in which eight players were killed

He won league titles with the Red Devils in 1965 and 1967, before continental success the following year He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over 18 years ago

Former England midfielder Peter Reid was one of the first to pay tribute to Stiles on social media

He then led the Lilywhites between 1977 and 1981, before coaching the Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986

He returned to United as coach of the youth squad under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint

Former England striker Gary Lineker paid tribute to Stiles, highlighting the heart of the former Manchester United player

« Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes is leaving us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap between his teeth RIP Nobby

In 2010, after a mini-stroke, he decided to sell his medals in order to leave something for his family

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham described Stiles as « quite simply one of the greatest Mancunians of all time » on Twitter

« Much loved in Greater Manchester & by millions across the country We will miss you, Nobby, but thank you for all the memories Our love for family and friends »

Their post read: « We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Nobby Stiles, a key member of our @ FIFAWorldCup winning team, at the age of 78.

The posted on Twitter (with a heart emoji): « Everyone at Preston North End is saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Nobby Stiles at the age of 78

A number of Manchester United players who worked with Stiles in the 1990s took to social media to pay tribute to the impact the World Cup winner had on their careers

« Rest in peace Nobby Thank you for everything you’ve done for us You taught us to fight for everything in that red shirt, » Gary Neville wrote

« As a 16-year-old boy at Manchester United it was a privilege to be coached by a gaming legend and a true gentleman, » wrote Robbie Savage

« Really sad news that @ManUtd legend Nobby Styles has passed away A great hero and inspiration to all United fans, » wrote Peter Schmeichel

Nobby Stiles was, in his own words, the toothless guy who danced around Wembley

The sight of the midfielder’s little terrier jiggling across the famous grass, the Jules Rimet trophy in one hand and the false teeth in the other, is one of the most cherished memories of English football

In the semi-final victory over Portugal, Stiles excluded the great Eusebio from the match and he was also a key figure in the final against West Germany, his energy galvanized as the match headed for extra time

A naturally shy man, Stiles transformed on a football pitch and was loved by his teammates, both with England and Manchester United

His father Charlie ran a funeral parlor, while his mother Kitty worked as a devout Catholic stagehand, he spent the morning of the World Cup final in church

A Manchester United supporter, his talent was recognized when he played for England Schoolboys at the age of 15 and was apprenticed to the club in 1959

He was barely 5 feet 6 inches tall and severely nearsighted He wore contact lenses during games and thick glasses off the field that appeared to cover half of his face

But Stiles quickly established himself in the squad, going from a full-back to a holding midfielder – an unorthodox position at the time

He only won his first England cap a year before the World Cup final, but quickly became a favorite of Sir Alf Ramsey

Nobby Stiles, Manchester United FC, England, 1966 FIFA World Cup, Preston North End FC

World News – UK – Nobby Stiles, World Cup winner and Manchester United legend, dies at 78


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