Former England midfielder Ron Flowers, the 1966 world champion, died on Friday. He was 87. Ron Flowers, the 1966 world champion, died on Friday at the age of 87. The former midfielder played 49 times for the Three Lions, scoring 10 goals and playing in 40 consecutive internationals, including the 1962 World Cup in Chile between November 1958 and April 1963. He ended his international career in 1966 after the World Cup. He had to wait until 2009 to win his World Champion medal, having not played in the final against FRG (4-2, ap) at Wembley. Born in Doncaster, where he started football, Ron Flowers played for fifteen seasons at Wolverhampton (1952-1967), appearing in 515 matches. He won three English Championship titles in 1954, 1958 and 1959, as well as the trophy in 1960. A member of the Order of the British Empire he was a soldier in Northampton (1967-1969), where he left the wolves. Coach for the second season, before becoming a player at Delford (1969-1971). Then again a few months in Wellington Town as a coach-player (1971). Flowers was named a member of the Order of the British Empire in honor of the 2021 New Year for his service to football.
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