Sir Alf's family get his medal

SIR Alf Ramsey's long-awaited World Cup winner's medal was delivered to Ipswich today by one of his most trusted 1966 heroes.

SIR Alf Ramsey's long-awaited World Cup winner's medal was delivered to Ipswich today by one of his most trusted 1966 heroes.

George Cohen - an ever present at right-back throughout the tournament - handed over the medal to Lady Ramsey at her Ipswich home.

“He would have loved this,” said Cohen. “I know he was hugely proud when he received his knighthood and today he would be just as happy for all the other players and staff that didn't receive anything at the time too.”

Ramsey -who famously led Ipswich to the Division One title in 1962 before winning the World Cup with England four years later - was never awarded a medal following the Wembley triumph and died in his beloved Ipswich aged 79 in 1999.


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Now though governing body FIFA has decided to give medals to every non-playing squad and staff member from every World Cup-winning country from 1930 to 1974.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave 11 ex-England players and staff their medals at a special ceremony earlier this month and Cohen picked up the award on behalf of Sir Alf's family.

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Ipswich Town's former chairman and Football Association representative David Sheepshanks said: “Because of the passage of time sometimes peoples' memories get dulled and they forget the enormity of his achievements.

“What he achieved in football has been unrivalled and I don't think it will ever be achieved again.”

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