World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ron Springett dies aged 80

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ron Springett has died aged 80, former club Sheffield Wednesday have said.

The Owls said Springett, who made 384 appearances in their colours, had passed after a short illness.

While he did not win any of his 33 England caps during the 1966 World Cup, the Londoner was one of the squad members given a medal in 2009 after FIFA introduced a rule to reward all members of World Cup-winning squads.

Prior to the 1966 World Cup, Springett had been England’s first-choice at the 1962 tournament in Chile.

Starting out at QPR, Springett moved to Wednesday in 1958 and enjoyed a stellar career with the South Yorkshire club, with the Championship club describing him as “one of our greatest-ever keepers” in announcing the news on Sunday.

And, when QPR came calling for their old player in 1967 the Springett name lived on at Hillsborough, with Wednesday performing a swap deal which saw brother Peter arrive at the club.

During his time with Wednesday Ron Springett won promotion to the old First Division and appeared in the 1966 FA Cup final defeat to Everton.

He remains the most capped England international in Wednesday’s history.