England’s 1966 World Cup Winner George Cohen Dies at 83

An 83-year-old George Cohen, who played right-back for England in their 1966 World Cup-winning team, has passed away. On Friday, his previous club Fulham made the announcement. There were no details provided on the cause of death.

“Everyone associated with Fulham Football Club is desperately saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players – and gentlemen – George Cohen MBE,”  said a statement on the club’s official website after Cohen’s death.

“All of our thoughts are with Daphne, his beloved wife of more than 60 years, sons Anthony and Andrew, his grandchildren and extended family, as well as George’s many, many friends.”

England's 1966 World Cup Winner George Cohen Dies at 83
England’s 1966 World Cup Winner George Cohen Dies at 83

Cohen was one of just three players left from the 1966 World Cup-winning England team that beat West Germany 4–2. During the competition, he participated in each and every game. Many people on and off the field have expressed their admiration for Cohen.

We are extremely sorry to hear the news of George Cohen’s passing today, chair Debbie Hewitt said in a statement issued by the Football Association, England’s regulatory body for the sport. George was the deputy captain of the World Cup-winning English squad and earned 37 national team appearances. We want George’s family and friends to know how sorry we are for their loss.

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Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat trick in the 1966 championship game, expressed his sadness at the passing of George Cohen, a teammate, and friend, on Twitter. There was never a person who didn’t think George was a great guy. My deepest condolences go out to Daphne, George’s wife, and the rest of George’s family.

Since Cohen’s passing, only Hurst and Bobby Charlton remain from England’s triumphant team. A professional since 1957, Cohen played 459 times for Fulham throughout those years. As a result of a knee injury, he was forced to call it quits when he was only 29 years old.

In 2016, the club erected a monument in Cohen’s honor. On March 26, when England’s men’s team faces Ukraine, the country has promised to pay a “full homage” to Cohen.

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England’s 1966 World Cup-winning right defender George Cohen, who went away at the age of 83, has gone away. His former club Fulham made the news on Friday. The specifics of what led to their death were not revealed.

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