Former Wolves keeper Bert Williams, who played 24 times for England and won league and FA Cup winners' medals with his club, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.
Ironically, the announcement comes on the day England play USA in the World Cup - Williams will be forever associated with one of the darkest days in English football, when USA beat England 1-0 at the 1950 tournament. Now 90 and living in Shropshire, Williams told the BBC that he had put the match to the back of his mind until the World Cup draw last December. "I mean I was trying to forget it and I had completely forgotten it until the draw came out and then of course that resurrected all kinds of memories."
Looking back 60 years, England had won their opening game against Chile 2-0 and the USA had lost 3-1 to Spain. Few expected the meeting of the two sides on June 29 at Brazil's Estadio Independencia to be anything other than routine.
"I think we ought to get the record straight here because you've got to give the American team credit for what they did," Williams said. "Everyone in the country thought there was no chance that they would win, so the style of play they adopted was one that we were completely unused to. As soon as an English player got the ball, every one of the American side retreated into their goalmouth. You couldn't see the goal for legs."
The siege continued until the 38th minute when USA scored. Williams has few memories of the goal itself. "I know that it was a deflection off one of their players. I was going the right way, where the ball was going, and it hit someone else and went the other way. The man that scored was a man called Gaetjens and he came from Haiti."
He admitted the result knocked the stuffing out of the side and they lost their final group match to Spain to go out - USA were thumped 5-2 by Chile and they too were eliminated.
"It hurts because of the stigma really that goes with that result," Williams said. "It hurts because the people couldn't see how much of the play we had and what an injustice it was that we lost.
"A fair score of that match should have been nine or 10-1. It was just a one-off that will probably never happen again in a lifetime."
More than the result, it was the fact they went out of the World Cup that hurt the most. Williams said England had headed to Brazil confident they could lift the trophy. "It was something that we obviously wanted to do and something that we thought may have been fairly easy to do and we were deprived of the chance of going on further in the Cup. I think the team that went out to Brazil was good enough."