Our new 'Huddersfield Town greats' mini-series will focus on five of the most iconic, legendary players to have adorned the blue and white stripes during the club's 106-year history.

After yesterday's profile of popular defender Malcolm 'Mally' Brown, we now look at another stopper who went on to become just as successful with his country as he did with his club - Ramon 'Ray' Wilson.

Wilson became an apprentice railwayman after leaving school but Town scouts recognised the Shirebrook-born youngster's talents after spotting him playing amateur league football with the Langwith Boys' Club in Mansfield.

With Town keen to sign him up, the then 18-year-old Wilson began a combination of working on the tracks by night and training with Huddersfield by day, before being called up for national service with the army.

Legendary Bill Shankly quickly noted Wilson's attacking strengths from left-back and he signed professional forms with the club after his two years of service, making his Town debut against Manchester United in 1955.

By 1957, Wilson had established himself as a mainstay in the Terriers side and was rewarded for his rapid progress with a maiden England call-up - one of just 63 full caps that he would go on to earn - in 1960 in a 1-1 draw with Scotland.

Manager Walter Winterbottom then included Wilson in his 1962 party and the left-back appeared in all four matches as England came through a group featuring Hungary, Argentina and Bulgaria before exiting at the quarter-final stage in a 3-1 defeat to Brazil.

Town's most decorated England international was actually on their books only for the 1962 World Cup and not in 1966, when England famously lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.

England captain Bobby Moore holds aloft the Jules Rimet trophy as he sits on the shoulders of his teammates Geoff Hurst and former Huddersfield Town full-back Ray Wilson.
 

Wilson had England captain and icon Bobby Moore on his shoulders as he celebrated success in just his second tournament, but as an Everton player having joined the Toffees in 1964 from Town.

He was transferred to the Toffees for £25,000 (plus Mick Meagan, valued at £15,000) and won the FA Cup in 1966 as his new club side came from 2-0 down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Wembley Stadium.

New manager Alf Ramsey called upon the dependable Wilson, who appeared in each match as the Three Lions made history by seeing off Uruguay, Mexico and France in the group stage before wins against Argentina, Portugal and, of course, West Germany.

Remarkably, the defender was actually badly at fault for the Germans' opening goal as his weak header was pounced on by Helmut Haller and fired home but a Geoff Hurst-inspired display saw England home as Wilson, the oldest member of the squad at 32, became a World Cup winner.

It was the second time he had celebrated at Wembley in the space of two months and he also played in another FA Cup final with the Toffees just two years later, though this time losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, before switching to Oldham Athletic in the summer of 1969 after making over 150 appearances at Goodison Park.

After 12 months with the Latics he moved to Valley Parade with Bradford City where he worked in various roles, including youth team coach, assistant manager and caretaker manager before retiring at the back end of 1971.

It brought the curtain down a career which spanned 19 years and featured four clubs as Wilson went into business with his brother-in-law in the family joinery and undertaking company at Outlane near Huddersfield.

During his time with Town, Ramon 'Ray' Wilson, named after the Mexican silent film actor Ramon Navarro, made 283 appearances, scored six goals and entrenched himself in Terriers folklore.

Huddersfield Town greats: Malcolm 'Mally' Brown - click here to read our profile            

Wednesday: George Brown

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