Tributes To Former Albion Player Ray Wilkins

5 April 2018, 10:19

Ray Wilkins

Brighton and Hove Albion lead tributes to fomer player Ray Wilkins who has died at the age of 61.

Everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion is deeply saddened to hear news of the passing of former England international midfielder, Ray Wilkins, aged 61.

 
Ray, the brother of former Albion player and manager Dean Wilkins, scored a spectacular goal for Manchester United in the 2-2 draw with Brighton in the FA Cup Final in 1983, before featuring in their 4-0 replay victory. He also won the Scottish league title with Rangers six years later in a glittering playing career.
 
He featured for the likes of Chelsea, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain too, and earned 84 caps for England, captaining his country on ten occasions.
 
Following his retirement, Ray also had spells as manager of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team, as well as two separate roles as Chelsea assistant coach from 1998 to 2000 and in 2008 to 2010, when he worked alongside Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.
 
Ray had success as a TV and radio pundit as well, commentating on a number of high-profile matches for Sky Sports.
 
Our thoughts go out to Ray's family and friends, including his brother Dean, at this difficult time.

 

Peacehaven FC Statement

Peacehaven and Telscombe midfielder Conor Wilkins is mourning the tragic passing of his legendary uncle, Ray Wilkins.

Ray Wilkins passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at just 61 years of age.
Wilkins made his name playing for Chelsea where he captained the club at just 18 years of age. He also played for Manchester Utd, Glasgow Rangers, AC Milan, Paris St Germain and QPR in a career which spanned 24 years. He also played 84 times for England, captaining his country on ten occasions.


Conor’s father is Ray’s brother Dean who himself played 335 games for Brighton & Hove Albion. Dean and his wife and Conor’s mother Karen regularly attend Peacehaven games home and away.


Ray Wilkins scored some special and spectacular goals in his career with one of these coming in the 1983 Cup Final against Brighton & Hove Albion. And Conor has no doubt inherited some of the family talent and last season scored Peacehaven’s goal of the season with a trademark family Wilkins strike.


Acting chair Sue Norwood said: “We are a close-knit family oriented football club and everyone at our club shares with Conor the hurt his family is currently having to deal with."


"On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to send our condolences to Dean, Karen, Conor and Becca. We are all thinking of you at this difficult time.”