Former England international and FA Cup winner Ron Flowers MBE has passed away

Friday 12 Nov 2021
Ron Flowers, pictured in 1963, won 49 caps for England and lifted the FA Cup with Wolverhampton Wanderers

We are saddened to hear about the passing of former England international, 1966 World Cup winner and FA Cup winner Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

 His death was announced on Friday morning by Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club where he made his name as a attacking midfield player and played in almost 500 games over 15 years.

And his legendary status at Molineux was matched on a national scale, after collecting 49 caps for the Three Lions and being a part of Sir Alf Ramsey's victorious squad in 1966.

Born in Doncaster, Flowers began his career in the youth ranks with his hometown club Doncaster Rovers before moving to join Wolves' development team Wath Wanderers.

He soon caught the eye of Wolves boss Stan Cullis and a first-team debut followed at the age of 18 in 1952. His time at Molineux thereafter saw him collect three league titles and he helped the club to win the FA Cup in 1960.

Flowers, who was a non-playing substitute at the 1966 World Cup Final, was presented with his winners' medal by Gordon Brown at Downing Street in 2009

It didn't take him long to make his mark on the international scene either, making his England bow in May 1955 in a game against France which ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat.

From there, he went on to play and score in the 1962 World Cup Finals and also appeared in 40 consecutive England games, which only his former Wolves teammate Billy Wright has surpassed.

Flowers also holds another place in history for being the first England player to score in the European Championships when he netted against France in a qualifier at Hillsborough in 1962.

He was duly selected for the squad in 1966 and while he didn't make an appearance in the tournament, he was a key part of the group as the oldest and earliest capped member.

Flowers, who also represented Northampton Town before running a successful sports shop in Wolverhampton, was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours for his services to football.

By Nicholas Veevers