- Ray Wilkins dies in hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.
- Wilkins made 173 domestic appearances for Chelsea.
- He also worked as a coach, winning the title alongside Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins has passed away aged 61 after suffering a heart attack.
Where do we begin?
Wilkins was an exemplary servant to this football club. His gentle nature and complex understanding of the game had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the players who were fortunate enough to work alongside him.
Wilkins made his debut for boyhood club Chelsea in 1973. He went on to make 173 domestic appearances for the Blues. He was handed the captaincy as an 18-year-old, which was testament to both his talent and maturity.
He enjoyed two separate stints as assistant manager at Chelsea. In the 2009/10 campaign, he won the FA Community Shield, FA Cup and Premier League alongside Carlo Ancelotti.
In the years after his departure, Wilkins battled through numerous health problems, the latest of which was a cardiac arrest he suffered at the end of March. After spending some time in intensive care in George’s Hospital in south-west London, Wilkins sadly passed away.
We cannot begin to put our devastation into words. Wilkins’ influence at Stamford Bridge, both on and off the pitch, will be remembered long after his passing.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.