Ray Wilkins

Ray Wilkins

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Raymond Colin Wilkins MBE (born 14 September 1956 in Hillingdon, Middlesex), often known as "Butch" Wilkins, is an English former footballer and now a coach and occasional television pundit. Most recently, he was assistant manager of Chelsea.

He was a key midfielder for the England national football team during the 1980s, and enjoyed success at various clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, Milan, Queens Park Rangers and Rangers.

He is the son of professional footballer George Wilkins and the brother of former Brighton & Hove Albion manager and player Dean Wilkins.

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Wilkins, nicknamed Butch from childhood, made his name in the 1970s with boyhood club Chelsea, whom he joined as an apprentice, progressing to his first team debut against Norwich City in October 1973. His brothers Graham and Stephen also joined Chelsea around this time, though they did not achieve the same heights in the game as Ray.

Wilkins made sporadic further appearances for the rest of that season before establishing himself as a fixture in the side the following year.

In 1975, following the club's relegation and the departure of many established players, an 18-year old Wilkins was handed the captaincy of Chelsea by new manager Eddie McCreadie, taking it from long-time Blues captain Ron Harris. He took to the role well, maintaining it for four years. He emerged as Chelsea's key player of that period, leading a team of mainly young players to promotion again in 1976–77...
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