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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 May, 2004, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Wolves star dies of heart attack
Dennis Wilshaw
Dennis Wilshaw played for England 12 times
Wolverhampton Wanderers are mourning the loss of one the club's most talented footballers.

Dennis Wilshaw, 78, a member of the conquering Wolves team of the 1950s, died after a heart attack at his Stoke-on-Trent home on Monday night.

He joined Wolves in 1944 and became a prolific scorer, managing a total of 117 goals in 232 matches for the club.

Wilshaw was also capped 12 times for England and scored four goals against Scotland in 1955 - then a record.

He played in the Wolves teams which beat Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Valencia, Honved and Real Madrid when Wolves were regarded as one of the best teams in the world.

Scots hammered

In December 1957, the forward was transferred to Stoke City, scoring 50 goals in 108 league and cup games for the Potters.

Including loan appearances, Wilshaw hit a total of 172 league goals in 378 appearances.

The first of his 12 international caps came against Wales in October 1953.

He scored twice in a 4-1 win and went on to play in the World Cup Finals in Switzerland the following year.

Wilshaw's most memorable performance came when he scored four times as England hammered Scotland 7-2 at Wembley in April 1955.

He retired from professional football in 1961 aged 35 after suffering a knee injury in an FA Cup tie.




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