04/04/2018 14:15, Report by Cliff Butler

It was with great sadness that Manchester United were informed that former Reds and England star Ray Wilkins has passed away. He was 61.

Everyone at the club extends their sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Wilkins family and friends at this most distressing time. 

He will always be remembered with real affection by all those who knew him during his five years at Old Trafford. Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins was the consummate midfielder who possessed brilliant footballing skills and a brain to match. He will always be held in high esteem at all the clubs for which he played and in particular Manchester United and Chelsea. He will also command a high place in the all-time list of those who pulled on England’s white shirt adorned with Three Lions.

Raymond Colin Wilkins was born in Hillingdon, West London, on Friday 14 September 1956, the son of George, a former professional footballer who also had three others sons, Graham, Dean and Stephen, who followed in his footsteps. With a pedigree like that Wilkins was always going to make the grade and it wasn’t long before the hereditary talent began to show through.

He was to represent his country at every level from schoolboy to the senior national side, for whom he collected 84 caps.

He made his name with Chelsea playing 179 times for the Stamford Bridge club and scoring 30 goals in all competitions. In…

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