RIP Ray Wilkins – Former England, Chelsea And Man Utd Captain Passes Away At 61

Chris Wright

4th, April 2018

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Former England captain Ray Wilkins has sadly passed away today at the age of just 61.

As you may be aware, Wilkins suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night and was rushed to St George’s hospital in London where he was placed in an induced coma.

Wilkins felt like an ever-present in the English footballing landscape, with his 24-year playing career spanning three decades.

Compared to some of his peers, ‘Butch’ didn’t win that much in terms of silverware – an FA Cup (with Manchester United in 1983) and a Scottish league title (with Rangers in 1988/89) – but the most telling aspect of his value as a player and as a human being are the effusive eulogies being paid of those who had the privilege of playing and working alongside him

The very embodiment of ‘captain material’, Wilkins was handed his first armband in 1975 when he was made Chelsea skipper. In his second, he spurred the Blues up and out of the second division at the grand old age of 19.

He held deep and he bossed things – that was what Butch did, before it was tactically de rigueur – and while he wasn’t exactly renowned for his goal-scoring prowess, on the rare occasion he did tuck one away he certainly did so with panache.

Wilkins was one hell of a player and a thoroughly decent, polite, noble chap. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Ray Wilkins, 1956-2018

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  1. rob says:

    What a great shame. Who could forget his goal against Belgium in the Euros?

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