Ron Flowers, one of the greatest players ever to represent Wolverhampton Wanderers, has loaned the most coveted of medals to the club to be displayed in the new museum at Molineux.
He was one of the 22 strong squad that captured the attention of the nation when England won the World Cup in the unforgettable summer of 1966.
Ron won 49 caps playing for his country but he didn’t get to take part in any of England’s six games during the tournament although he was put on standby on the eve of the final with West Germany.
Jackie Charlton was suffering from a cold and manager Alf Ramsey told Ron that if the Leeds defender didn’t recover, then he would take his place.
Charlton did recover and played his part in the 4-2 victory whilst Ron supported his team-mates sitting by Ramsey on the sidelines and leaping joyously in the air when the final whistle was blown.
It wasn’t until June, 2009, that Ron and the other ten members of the squad that didn’t play in the final retrospectively received their medals.
As he handed over his prized possession he said: "This medal is one of my proudest possessions and I cannot think of a better place for it to be than at the Molineux. The stadium is a home from home for me.
"All I have to do is look out over the ground and so many happy memories come flooding back.
"The idea was first floated to me by Wolves director John Gough who casually mentioned it during a game of golf and I did not have to be asked twice. I was delighted to loan the medal to the club so that it can be included in the exhibition."
* Ron is pictured at Molineux handing over the medal to Wolves Museum & Archive Manager Sophie Cawthorne.