Ray Wilkins – Former Chelsea, Man Utd, QPR, Millwall & England Footballer.
Born in September 1956, Ray Wilkins 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.
In 1975, aged only 19, Ray Wilkins was handed the captaincy of Chelsea, which he maintained for four years.
Wilkins was called up to play for England for the first time in 1976 by coach Don Revie and made his debut against Italy in the USA. He was to become a permanent fixture in England squads for a decade to come.
Ray Wilkins became one of his country’s most sought-after players and in August 1979, Chelsea accepted an offer of £800,000 from Manchester United.
In 1980, he achieved one of his career highs after helping England qualify for the European Championships in Italy – the first tournament England had reached for a decade.
Wilkins remained a fixture for England through a successful campaign to qualify for the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
In 1983, Wilkins scored in the FA Cup final for Manchester United to put them 2-1 up against Brighton and Hove Albion.
In 1984, United accepted an offer of £1.5m for Wilkins from Italian giants AC Milan. Though Wilkins and his family settled quickly in Italy, it wasn’t a successful era for Milan, and Wilkins was allowed to leave in 1987 to join French team Paris St Germain.
Ray Wilkins made his 84th and final England appearance in November 1986. He had scored three international goals and had been captain on ten occasions.
After just four months at Paris St. Germain, Wilkins joined Rangers F.C. for £250,000 and won two Scottish league titles and one Scottish League Cup.
Next stop for Wilkins was QPR where he spent four years before very briefly joining Crystal Palace. He returned to QPR as player-manager just months after he’d left.
Wilkins left QPR at the start of the 1996/97 followed by spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Hibernian, Millwall, and Leyton Orient before he finally retired from playing.
In 1997, Wilkins became the manager of Fulham, with former England team-mate Kevin Keegan as Chief Operating Officer under him.
After leaving Fulham, Wilkins worked as a coach at Chelsea and Watford as a coach under Gianluca Vialli.
In 2003, Ray Wilkins joined Millwall as assistant manager to Dennis Wise for 2 years. He later returned in a consultancy role from March to October 2006.
Ray Wilkins was assistant to Peter Taylor with the England Under-21s until Taylor’s departure in early 2007.
He returned to his spiritual home – Chelsea, in September 2008 when he was appointed as assistant first-team coach to Luiz Felipe Scolari, following Steve Clarke’s departure to West Ham.