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THREE of England’s World Cup-winning 1966 team are suffering from Alzheimer’s – raising fears their brains were damaged by heading heavy footballs
Nobby Stiles, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson are all battling disease
Fellow legend Jack Charlton is also suffering severe memory loss
Fears trio may miss 50th anniversary celebrations later this year
Neuroscientist said heading footballs may cause ‘microdamage’ to brain
By VICTORIA FINAN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:05 GMT, 9 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 9 April 2016
Three members of the legendary 1966 World Cup winning football team are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it has been revealed.
Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson celebrated their win against West Germany almost 50 years ago, but are now battling the devastating illness – prompting fears their brains were damaged by heading heavy footballs.
There are now concerns the trio may miss the 50th anniversary celebrations planned for later this year.
Nobby Stiles, seen here training to play for England, was diagnosed with the disease four years ago
Martin Peters has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
Ray Wilson is also battling the illness
Martin Peters and Ray Wilson ) have also been diagnosed, prompting fears that years of heading heavy footballs could have caused damage
A top neuroscientist has called for more research into the impact heading the leather case balls could have had.
Dr Michael Grey said microdamage to the brain can result in dementia, reported The Mirror.
Legendary World Cup goalkeeper Gordon Banks said: ‘As a team we remain great friends and have kept in touch, but it is getting harder to meet up with some of the guys now because they are not well.
Nobby Stiles holding his football medals. There are now fears the legendary footballers could miss the 50th anniversary celebrations planned for later this year
Martin Peters in recent years. The trio are loved throughout the country for their contribution to English football’s finest hour
‘We have all been looking forward to the 50th anniversary and we want to celebrate it together.’
Ray Wilson, 81, has been battling Alzheimer’s since 2004, Martin Peters, 72, was diagnosed three years ago and Nobby Stiles, 73, was diagnosed four years ago.
Ray Wilson’s wife Pat has also said she believes the heavy footballs contributed towards her husband’s illness.
England’s World Cup winning team train in the summer of 1966
The 1966 World Cup final’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated later this year with exhibitions and events
Nobby Stiles is also battling prostate cancer and he is too ill to attend the annual reunion dinner the team organiser.
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