The English world champion Nobby Stiles has passed away. He was 78 years old. Stiles became known for his uncompromising playing and dancing after the 1966 World Cup.
English football is mourning the loss of Nobby Stiles. According to his family, the 1966 World Champion passed away on Friday at the age of 78 after a long illness.
Stiles (28 caps) had made a strong performance in the Wembley World Cup final against Germany (4: 2 aet), after the final whistle he danced on the field with the trophy in one hand and his teeth in the other. He became known as a toothless, tough, intrepid midfielder – he played for Manchester United, Middlesbrough FC and the first England champions Preston North End, whom he later coached.
Stiles had already survived cancer and was suffering from dementia. Years ago, he was too ill to participate in the 1966 World Cup team’s 50th anniversary. Captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and Jack Charlton died from the starting eleven.