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Fulham Legend George Cohen Passes Away at 83

December 28, 2022
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Football legend George Cohen of the 1996 England World Cup-winning team departed at 83, according to his former club Fulham.

“Everyone at Fulham Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players – and gentlemen – George Cohen MBE,” the club wrote on its official Twitter account.

Cohen was an iconic part of England’s national football team, winning 37 caps for his country.

Throughout his career, he made 459 appearances as a member of Fulham.

The club described him as “blessed with terrific pace,” adding, “He became one of the game’s first attacking full-backs, setting the tone for how football is so often played today.”

But before rising to be one of England’s football greats, Cohen served as a grounds staff member at Craven Cottage.

At age 17, he made his debut against Liverpool, making his first mark as one of Fulham’s greatest players.

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He was an unbelievable player. As a result, Cohen appeared in England’s May 1964 match against Uruguay, which they won 2-1.

His country knew him to be its first choice to be their right-back, playing every minute of England’s 1966 World Cup campaign. They won the tournament, especially during their 4-2 triumph over Germany in the finals, where he was vice-captain.

Unfortunately, a knee injury forced him to retire at just 29. He was Fulham’s youth coach and also of England Under 23s before shifting careers as part of the property and building industry.

In 2016, Fulham recognized his contributions, building a statute of Cohen at Craven Cottage. It was unveiled in October of that same year.

In 2000, his services earned him an MBE alongside 1966 teammates Roger Hunt, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, and Nobby Stiles.

An Advocate for Cancer Research

George Cohen became a campaigner and fundraiser for cancer research after his teammate and captain, Bobby Moore, died.

His willingness to advance medicine was extraordinary. In 2017, Cohen announced that he would donate his brain for scientific research once he expired.

The Football Association (FA) has already extended its condolences for his passing. They also promised to pay their tribute once England faces Ukraine in a European Championship qualifier on Sunday, March 26.

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