championship medals in 1956, 1957, 1965 and 1967 and was back at Wembley, this time a winner, in the 1963 FA Cup final. Add to that his part in the 1968 European Cup-winning team and it’s somewhat surprising he was capped only once by England, against Northern Ireland in October 1954.
Although noted more for stopping goals, Foulkes is fondly recalled for his happy knack of notching critical strikes. One in particular stands out – his goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 1968, which helped send Manchester United to the European Cup final.
Foulkes retired in June 1970 but remained at Old Trafford as a coach before moving on to work in
the USA, Norway and Japan.
Sir Bobby Charlton once said of Bill. "I have untold affection for Bill Foulkes. We came from the same mining background, and we went through so much together. We were the sole survivors of the accident at Munich who went out to meet Benfica at Wembley. So when the game was over he was the first man I sought out. We exchanged some words... and they were deeply emotional.
"Bill was renowned for being hard, and for being dour, but that didn’t mean he had no finer feelings. When I walked off that pitch after beating Benfica, I was proud to have him at my side.”