The English footballer and trainer were Norbert Peter Stiles aka Nobby StilesMBE. He was born in the Manchester town of Collyhurst on 18 May 1942.
He was 78 years old.
For five years, Stiles played for England, winning 28 caps and scoring one goal. He played every minute of the triumphant 1966 FIFA World Cup campaign for England. The semi-final of that tournament against Portugal, where he was given the job of marking the prolific Eusébio, was possibly his best performance in an England shirt.
For the entire game, his difficult performance resulted in Eusébio being basically nullified. In the final, which England won 4-2 against West Germany, Stiles also played very well. His post-match party featured Stiles on the Wembley pitch dancing, holding in one hand the World Cup trophy and in the other his fake teeth.
For Manchester United, Stiles played the majority of his club career, spending eleven years at Old Trafford, where he became famous for his rough tackling and ball-winning qualities. When writing for The Guardian in 2013, Jonathan Wilson categorized Stiles as a sort of holding midfielder that he described as a “destroyer,” a player primarily tasked with running, winning back possession, and distributing the ball to other players.
He won two League titles with the Red Devils and one European Cup. Alongside Bobby Charlton and Ian Callaghan, Stiles is one of only three Englishmen to have won both the FIFA World Cup and the European Cup.
However, for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Ian Callaghan was only in the squad and did not play in the final, so he did not earn a medal at the time, but won one later.
With Middlesbrough and Preston North End, Stiles also had brief spells. He worked for Manchester United as their youth team coach between 1989 and 1993, cultivating the considerable talents of teenage prodigies such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes. At this time, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, also came in.
After a campaign by parts of the media who were shocked that five of the 1966 team had never been officially decorated for their accomplishments, Stiles was awarded his MBE in 2000. In receiving his gong, Stiles duly joined Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson, and George Cohen.
Wife And Children
In June 1963, Stiles married Kay Giles. His wife was Johnny Giles’ sister, and around the time they were teammates at Manchester United, they were introduced to each other.