England World Cup winner Connelly dies at 74

Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012

LONDON (AP) — John Connelly, a winger who played in the opening game of England's World Cup-winning campaign in 1966, died Thursday. He was 74.

Burnley, one of Connelly's four former clubs, said Thursday he died peacefully at home.

Connelly started in the 0-0 draw with Uruguay at Wembley Stadium during the 1966 tournament in what was his 20th and last England appearance. He was replaced by Martin Peters, who scored one of England's goals in a 4-2 extra-time victory over Germany in the final.

Connelly won the English title twice, first with Burnley in 1960 when he was the team's top scorer, and then with Manchester United in 1965. He also played for Blackburn and Bury.

Flags will fly at half-staff for Connelly in Burnley's league match against Cardiff on Saturday.