CALLS have been renewed for a new Winchester sport pavilion to be named after a member of the England squad from the 1966 World Cup. 

Terry Paine, 84, began his career at Winchester City and played for Southampton, Hereford United and Cheltenham Town. 

Despite winning just 19 caps for England, he was in the squad that won the World Cup in 1966. 

Cllr Jan Warwick, a Conservative, has been calling on civic chiefs to name the new pavilion at the King George V playing grounds after him.

At the full meeting of Winchester City Council on February 22, Cllr Warwick said: “Last September I asked the city council’s leadership if the new pavilion at the King George V playing grounds could be named after former England footballer, Terry Paine MBE. 

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“Terry’s name had been suggested some years ago when the pavilion was expected to be replaced. Terry was born in Winchester in 1939, grew up and played football in the Highcliffe area before representing Winchester City and Southampton FC. Terry was a member of the 1966 World Cup winning squad and is not just a football legend, arguably the most famous footballer to come from Winchester and is also a truly respected member of the local community. I wondered if any progress has been made on a decision?”

Cllr Kathleen Becker, cabinet member for community and engagement, said: “We are aware of the suggestion of Terry's name to be represented at the pavilion and his name is still in the mix. But there are other partners in the KGV project who will sit on a community steering group which is a requirement from the Football Foundation funding. They will also have an interest in the naming of the building and the function room.

“These partners include Winchester City Flyers Football Club, Compton and Chandler's Ford Cricket Club, Hampshire Youth Girls Football League, Hampshire FA, Hampshire Cricket Board, the Highcliffe Community Forum and the Football Foundation. 

“The first meeting of that group will take place in early March when one of the first matters we will be discussing is the naming. So it's only right we take the views of the community group into account when we take that decision.”