Ex-England keeper Bert Williams dies
Former Wolves and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died aged 93.
The Midlands club announced Williams died on Sunday morning at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Williams made 420 appearances for Wolves, including their 1949 FA Cup final success, and was a member of the 1953-54 league championship-winning side.
He won 24 England caps, appearing at the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil, and was the oldest living England international prior to his death.
“Bert was not only a fantastic footballer both for club and country, but also a true gentleman who loved Wolves,” Wanderers chairman Steve Morgan said. “As a young football fan who used to read about the achievements of that all-conquering Wolves team of the 1950s, it was an honour and a privilege to have been able to meet Bert on so many occasions since I arrived at the club in 2007.
“His footballing ability speaks for itself, but there was so much more to Bert than just his career alone. He remained heavily involved with Wolves and the community after his retirement, and the fundraising he has carried out since losing his wife was incredible when you consider his advancing years.
“Legend is a word which may be over-used these days, but in the case of Bert Williams it simply doesn't do him justice. He will be sadly missed at Molineux, but will never, ever be forgotten.”
Williams received an MBE in 2010, having a year earlier been inducted into the Wolves' Hall of Fame.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: “When you come and work for a club like Wolves, with all its illustrious history, it is a privilege to be able to meet some of the players who once helped make the club one of the very best in the world.
“And Bert was one of those who was right at the very top of that list. Such a humble character despite all his successes, Bert not only achieved so much during his time as a goalkeeper for Wolves, he gave so much back to the club after his career came to an end.
“The Wolves and football family are united in sadness at today's news. However, nowhere more keenly will this loss be felt than with his family and friends and everyone at Wolves sends them our sincere condolences at this time.”