A SOCCER star who won the ultimate prize in professional football and then returned to his Huddersfield roots is to receive a top accolade from his home town.

We can reveal that Ray Wilson is the winner of this year's Examiner Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ray, 68, was in the 1966 England World Cup winning team which triumphed at Wembley.

He said: "I'm very thrilled to be honoured in this way."

Even though he was born in Derbyshire and spent the first 15 years of his life there, once Ray moved to Huddersfield he has never contemplated living anywhere else.

"I've never even been tempted," he said. "I love it here."

At 31, Ray was the oldest member of the glorious England team which beat West Germany 4-2.

The Queen - who was at the World Cup Final and handed the Jules Rimet trophy to captain Bobby Moore - presented Ray with an MBE in 2000.

Ray, a tough-tackling defender, joined Huddersfield Town in 1952 and was the last Town player to be selected for England while with the Terriers.

He made 283 appearances for Town over 12 years and moved to Everton in 1964. When he retired from soccer he had notched up 63 England caps.