A member of England’s World Cup-winning squad of 1966, midfielder Ron Flowers has died at the age of 87 (PA)

Ex-England, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United footballer Ron Flowers has died at the age of 87.

He was part of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup – although he did not play in the final – and enjoyed a successful career at Wolves.

Flowers was part of the team that won the First Division title in 1853-54, 1957-58 and 1958-59 as well as the FA Cup in 1959-60 for the West Midlands side.

Wolves was the place he spent most of his career – between 1952 and 1967 – before he had a couple of years at Newcastle United and a short spell as player-manager at Telford United.

It was only in 2021 that Flowers was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours for services to football.

Tributes paid to Ron Flowers

The official account for Wolverhampton Wanderers paid tribute to Flowers after the news was announced.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of club legend and vice president Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

A giant on the pitch and a gentleman off it. There will be many people remembering Ron today and all of our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him. pic.twitter.com/iq1ZqxNhL7

— Wolves (@Wolves) November 12, 2021

Their post read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of club legend and vice president Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

“A giant on the pitch and a gentleman off it. There will be many people remembering Ron today and all of our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him.”

The account for the England national team also paid their respects in a Twitter post.

It read: “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87. He won 49 caps for the #ThreeLions and was a member of our 1966 @FIFAWorldCup-winning squad All of our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

AFC Telford United tweeted: “Everyone at AFC Telford United are deeply saddened by the passing of Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

Everyone at AFC Telford United are deeply saddened by the passing of Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87.

Ron both played for and managed Wellington Town /Telford United, famously guiding the club to their 1971 FA Trophy triumph. pic.twitter.com/qTn7kLN2LS

— AFC Telford United (@telfordutd) November 12, 2021

“Ron both played for and managed Wellington Town /Telford United, famously guiding the club to their 1971 FA Trophy triumph.”

Broadcaster Nick Owen said: “Sad news. Ron Flowers was one of the big names in football when I was growing up. Wolves had a fantastic side in those days.”