Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins dies aged 61

On 30 March 2018, Wilkins reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was placed into an induced coma at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. Reports have emerged today that he has passed away at the age of 61.

Wilkins 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. After his playing career ended, he worked as a television pundit, and as a coach and manager with Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Chelsea and Jordan. His last coaching job was as the assistant manager of Aston Villa.

The son of professional footballer George Wilkins; he had two sisters and three footballer brothers: Graham Wilkins (born 28 June 1955 in Hillingdon), a former professional, who played in the Football League as a full-back for Chelsea, Brentford, and Southend United; former Brighton & Hove Albion manager and player, Dean Wilkins; and Stephen Wilkins, who was signed by Chelsea and later made one appearance for Brentford, before playing for a number of non-League teams, including Dagenham and Hayes.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

 

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