It has been revealed by The Mirror that three members of the memorable 1966 World Cup winning football team are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Almost 50 years ago Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, and Ray Wilson celebrated their team’s victory against West Germany side, but currently, they are battling the devastating disease – it is being doubted that their brains were damaged by heading heavy footballs at that time. Chances are, the trio may even miss the 50th-anniversary celebrations planned for later this year, which will be a shocking news for football fans.
The heroes of 1966
The cup winning English captain died in 1993 due to Bowel cancer. 51 years old Bobby’s wife Stephanie set up the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK a few days after his death.
The famous gap-toothed Man United star midfielder, who danced on turf with the World Cup in his hands was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago, has been fighting prostate cancer since 2013.
After losing his right eyesight in an accident in 1973 and losing one kidney due to cancer 10 years ago Gordon has announced that he is battling with Kidney cancer again.
The Cheshire-born striker and Kop legend, who still holds the Liverpool’s most number of league goals record, finished his club career at Bolton.
Martin scored England’s second goal in the final. Former West Ham and Tottenham star man, who has been suffering from Alzheimer’s, still goes to the Upton Park.
The only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final though one of the goals was controversial, the ex-West Ham star man is now very successful as a businessman and is on the Speakers Circuit.
Older brother of Sir Bobby Charlton, the former Leeds United centre-back, who managed the Republic of Ireland in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, is currently suffering from memory loss.
Former Fulham right back was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of just 36. The fight between him and cancer didn’t stop it came back twice even after his recovery. But he was finally given the all-clear in 1990.
The left back Ray, who played for Huddersfield Town, Everton, and Oldham Athletic, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004.
While tackling an out-of-control bonfire in the back garden in 2007, the youngest member of the squad died of a suspected heart attack at his home in Hampshire.
Widely considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, a stand named after the former Manchester United legend midfielder at Old Trafford ground was unveiled recently.
Alf died in the month of April in 1999 due to prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s.