George Cohen: The legend of Fulham and England, dies at age 83

George Cohen: The legend of Fulham and England, dies at age 83

George Cohen, a legendary player for Fulham and England, has died at the age of 83.

Cohen served as vice-captain during England’s 1966 World Cup win against West Germany at Wembley. He made almost 450 appearances over his whole club career with the Cottagers.

“Everyone at Fulham Football Club is profoundly grieved by the departure of one of our greatest players – and gentlemen,” the club stated.

FA chairwoman Debbie Hewitt stated: “Today’s news of George Cohen’s passing is very upsetting.

“During his international career, George earned 37 appearances for England and served as vice-captain for the 1966 World Cup champions.

In this time of sorrow, we would like to extend our condolences to George’s family and friends.

Fulham placed a monument of Cohen outside Craven Cottage in 2016 in honor of his service and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club’s World Cup victory. In 2000, he received an MBE, along with four other 1966 recipients.

On social media, tributes rapidly flooded in. Another World Cup champion, Sir Geoff Hurst tweeted: “Saddened to learn that my friend and England teammate, George Cohen, has passed away. Everyone, without exception, always remarked that George was such a lovable person. George’s wife Daphne and his family have my deepest condolences, as he will be sorely missed.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker added: “I’m sorry to hear about George Cohen’s passing. Another member of the victorious World Cup squad of 1966 has passed away. His football fame will last forever. RIP George.”