04/04/2018 15:31, Report by Bryan Robson

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has paid tribute to his close friend Ray Wilkins, who has sadly passed away at the age of 61.

Robson has released the following statement:

“Ray was so respected by everybody and he was a real pleasure to know. He is a sad loss for football, but a bigger one for society.

“I played with Ray at England youth level when we were 17, winning the mini World Cup in Switzerland, and I roomed with him on that trip, so we go back a long time as good friends both on and off the pitch.

“We played together for England and Manchester United for many years and we became very good friends.

“Ray was a great man, a real gentleman who was so courteous and he was like that with everybody who he met. He had all the time in the world for anybody in football: young players, team-mates, coaches and, of course, supporters.

“He was a great player and supporters will have so many fond memories of Ray. I’ll always remember his goal against Brighton in the FA Cup final. He jumped over the barriers when he scored, running quickly to celebrate, and it was a special moment that I’m sure so many will remember him by, because his passion and enthusiasm were so infectious.

“Everybody will remember Ray as being a real gent. I can’t talk about him highly enough. He was a true gentleman of the game, he was in the top bracket.


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