Bert won the FA Cup in 1949 and followed up this achievement with a League Championship medal in 1954. He played 24 times for England between 1949 and 1955, including the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
Bert’s wife, Evelyn, died with dementia in 2002 and given the help he received from Alzheimer’s Society Shrewsbury, he set out to raise funds for the Society. Initially setting himself a target to raise £100,000, Bert quickly surpassed himself and soon raised nearly £160,000 for the charity.
In May 2010 he was awarded his MBE for services to football and for his charity fundraising.
Jeremy Hughes Chief Executive Alzheimer’s Society commented:
‘Bert Williams was an outstanding fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society. It’s very sad to hear of his passing and our thoughts are with his family at this time. Much like his achievements in football, Bert excelled himself by fundraising over £150,000 to improve the lives of those living with the disease.
‘As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Bert to help us continue our vital work. I sincerely thank Bert for his tireless effort and contribution in our fight against dementia.’