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Ron Springett: England 1966 World Cup squad member dies

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Ron Springett: England 1966 World Cup squad member dies

Post  Silvers on 2015-09-13, 4:59 pm

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Former England goalkeeper Ron Springett, a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, has died at the age of 80 following a short illness.

Springett began his career at QPR in 1953 before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 1958, where he made 384 appearances.

The Londoner won the first of 33 caps the following year and started every game as England reached the quarter-finals of the 1962 World Cup in Chile.

He was back-up to Gordon Banks when England won the tournament in 1966.

Fulham-born Springett was 17 when he signed for QPR and went on to make 147 appearances for the west London club over two spells.

He joined Sheffield Wednesday five years later and was instrumental as the Owls won promotion to the top flight in 1959, earning him a first England cap against Northern Ireland in November of that year.

Springett reached the FA Cup final with Wednesday in 1966, the Owls losing 3-2 to Everton in a memorable contest.

He returned to QPR in 1967 for a second spell in a deal that saw his brother and fellow goalkeeper Peter move in the opposite direction. He retired in 1968.

In 2009, Springett and his fellow non-playing squad members from the 1966 World Cup final were presented with winners' medals in a Downing Street ceremony, following a change in policy by world governing body Fifa.

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Post  Silvers on 2015-09-13, 4:59 pm

R.I.P.


He was at his peak in the early sixties... when I was a teen ..

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Post  canary-dave on 2015-09-13, 5:15 pm

He was my first hero and why I became a goalkeeper!

RIP RonĀ  king

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Post  Nostalgic on 2015-09-13, 10:12 pm

God I feel old. Springett was unlucky that he had Gordon Banks ahead of him, but around that time a foreign keeper in England was unusual as most of them were ropey. Another point is that it was rumoured that he was lined up for us but Peter Wakeham was cheaper.

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Post  Silvers on 2015-09-14, 12:46 am

yes, I remember that rumour!

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Post  barrowmackem on 2015-09-15, 6:03 pm

yes remember him, R.I.P Ron, gone but not forgotten.
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Post  Mackemneil on 2015-09-18, 12:03 am

An excellent keeper and agree that he was unlucky to be at his peak when Banks was around. Will never be forgotten. RIP
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