It is not often we remember someone who did not play for West Bromwich Albion but in the case of Nobby Stiles we will make the exception.
Nobby will always be remembered for that toothless grin on the day England won the World Cup in 1966, he was a little man but a giant on the pitch, off it he was kind, gentle and friendly.
His career at Manchester United was superb, championship and european medals followed his world cup winning medal, a legend and a hero in the red shirt of United.
It was his short time at The Hawthorns that we wish to remember him by, he joined his brother in law John Giles as assistant manager in 1984 and when John resigned in September 1985 Nobby was asked to become Manager. The respect he gained during this time from everyone at West Bromwich Albion whether a player, office staff, supporter was immense. He was described as a “lovely” man. When John resigned there was only one person that the players wanted to succeed him and that was Nobby.
It was not for a lack of hard work or effort but unfortunately things did not work out as Manager for Nobby, whether going from assistant to the main man was not for him we never knew but one thing was certain he had the respect of those who played under him. The sadness of his passing amongst the squad of 84-85 reflects the character he was.
Our thoughts go to his wife Kay, sons John, Robert, Peter and to the family and friends. Rest in peace you lovely man your memory will live on in the world of football.