Ron Flowers dead aged 87: Tributes paid to England 1966 World Cup winner and Wolves legend

ENGLAND 1966 World Cup hero Ron Flowers has died aged 87.

The former midfielder, who was a member of Sir Alf Ramsey's squad, played over 450 games for Wolverhampton Wanderers during his impressive career.

Wolves broke the news the news of his death earlier on Twitter.

He wrote: "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."

England also paid tribute to the late star.

They tweeted: "We're saddened to hear of the passing of Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87. He won 49 caps for the #ThreeLions and was a member of our 1966 @FIFAWorldCup-winning squad. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Doncaster-born Flowers began his career at Wolves in 1952.

He played 467 league matches for the club during an illustrious 15-year stint at Molineux.

Flowers won three league championships and an FA Cup before departing for Northampton in 1967.

He later became player-manager for the Cobblers but left in 1969 to perform a similar role at non-league Telford United.

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