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Remembering Nobby Stiles

30 October 2020

The EFL was saddened to learn of the passing of former Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Preston North End midfielder at the age of 78 on Friday afternoon.

One of the 1966 World-Cup-winning heroes, Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later. 
 
Below, we remember Nobby’s incredible career, one which saw him labelled a legend of the game. 
 
A skilful and creative midfielder, the Manchester United fan achieved his childhood dream when he joined the club aged just 15. His decade at United saw him play alongside some of English football’s greats as he won two First Division titles and a European Cup with United in almost 400 appearances. 
 
Stiles won 28 caps for England and played a key role in helping the Three Lions progress to the World Cup Final, before getting his hands on a World-Cup-winners medal following victory over Germany in 1966. His ‘toothless’ dance after victory at Wembley has become one of English football’s most iconic moments, as were his famous midfield displays. 
 
After 11 years with Manchester United, he went on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston North End before retiring in 1975. 
 
He moved into management with Preston between 1977 and 1981, before a brief spell in the dugout at West Bromwich Albion in the 1985/86 season. 
 
After a stint of coaching under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, his latter years involved after-dinner speaking before moving away from the spotlight due to poor health. 
 
A road was named after him in Collyhurst - the inner-city area of Manchester where he grew up - in May 2016, a fitting tribute to a man who captured the hearts of football fans everywhere. 
 
Former England striker Gary Lineker has been among many to pay tribute, saying: “Saddened to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away. Another one of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth, RIP Nobby."
 
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