League One - Wolves legend and ex-England keeper Bert Williams dies

Former England and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Bert Williams has died at the age of 93.

League One - Wolves legend and ex-England keeper Bert Williams dies

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Bert Williams (Imago)

Williams was the oldest living England international before his death but will most fondly be remembered at Molineux where he is considered a club legend.

Williams – nicknamed 'The Cat' and named by Gordon Banks as his football hero – died at Wolverhampton's New Cross hospital surrounded by his family.

Williams joined the club after the Second World War and was in goal when the club won the 1949 FA Cup and 1954 Division One title.

He won 24 caps for England and was in goal for the infamous 1-0 defeat to the USA at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

He received an MBE in 2010 for his services to football and charity. He fundraised for the Alzheimer's Society after his wife Evelyn died from the illness in 2002.

"Bert was not only a fantastic footballer both for club and country, but also a true gentleman who loved Wolves," said Wolves chairman Steve Morgan.

"As a young football fan who used to read about the achievements of that all-conquering Wolves team of the 1950s, it was an honour and a privilege to have been able to meet Bert on so many occasions since I arrived at the club in 2007.

"Legend is a word which may be over-used these days, but in the case of Bert Williams it simply doesn’t do him justice.

"He will be sadly missed at Molineux, but will never, ever be forgotten."

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Picture: Wolves' 1949 FA Cup winning team - Williams is middle back. (PA Photos)

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