George Cohen: England legend and 1966 World Cup winner dies aged 83
England legend George Cohen has died aged 83, his former membership Fulham have introduced.
A World Cup winner with the Three Lions on dwelling soil in 1966, the right-back performed each minute of the match and was vice-captain for the 4-2 win over West Germany within the Wembley closing.
Cohen represented his nation 37 occasions in whole.
A one-club man, Cohen is without doubt one of the Cottagers’ greatest-ever gamers, chalking up 459 appearances between 1956 to 1969.
A membership assertion learn: “Everyone at Fulham Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players – and gentlemen – George Cohen MBE.”
Cohen’s profession was reduce quick by a knee harm when he was simply 29 years outdated, although solely three gamers Fulham’s historical past have represented the membership extra: Johnny Haynes (658), Eddie Lowe (511) and Les Barrett (491).
While Cohen’s former England teammate Sir Geoff Hurst stated: “Very sad to hear my friend and England teammate George Cohen has died. Everyone, without exception, always said that George was such a lovely man. He will be sadly missed, my heartfelt thoughts are with George’s wife Daphne and his family.”
Gary Lineker added: “Sorry to hear that George Cohen has died. Another of the heroes of the ‘66 World Cup-winning team leaves us. He’ll always have footballing immortality. RIP George.”
Cohen’s demise leaves simply two surviving members of England’s World Cup-winning workforce: Sir Geoff and Sir Bobby Charlton.
He would later work for his beloved Fulham, notably within the west London membership’s hospitality suites and telling tales from a legendary profession.
In 2016 the membership introduced and later unveiled a statue of him outdoors Craven Cottage.
After being honoured by the membership, Cohen stated on the time: “I find it absolutely wonderful that they even thought I was worthy of (a statue).
“Especially as it was alongside Johnny Haynes, the greatest name in Fulham’s history. To be alongside him, it was rather unbelievable. It was great to think that not only the club but the supporters had wanted to put a statue of me there.”
Away from his profession in soccer, Cohen was a campaigner and fundraiser for analysis into most cancers, which claimed the lifetime of his 1966 teammate and captain Bobby Moore.
He additionally raised cash for dementia analysis which affected quite a lot of the World Cup heroes of their later years.
Cohen stated in 2017 he deliberate to donate his mind for scientific analysis.