Ray Wilkins Profile

Ray Wilkins

Ray­mond Co­lin Wil­kins, born Lon­don, Eng­land, Sep­tember 14, 1956. Ray “Butch” Wil­kins star­ted his ca­reer as an ap­pren­tice at Chel­sea un­der Dave Sex­ton and was han­ded his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but in a con­vin­cing 3–0 win ag­ainst Nor­wich City at Stam­ford Bridge on the 26th of Oct­ober 1973. He rap­idly es­tab­lished him­self as a reg­u­lar fir­st team­er and went on to be­come the club´s young­est ever cap­tain when he re­placed Ron Har­ris at the age of eight­een.

Con­sist­ently pos­sess­ing the ne­ces­sary com­pet­it­ive im­per­at­ive, Ray Wil­kins was an ad­mired and re­spec­ted lead­er among his peers who led his Chel­sea team­mates to pro­mo­tion to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion in 1976-77. But when The Blues were re­leg­ated to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion in 1979, for­mer Stam­ford Bridge boss Dave Sex­ton fi­nally suc­ceeded in bring­ing sought af­ter mid­field ace to Man­chester Uni­ted. Fol­low­ing sev­er­al months of spec­u­la­tion in the press, Wil­kins agreed to join Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of ar­ound £875,000 at the be­gin­ning of the 1979-80 sea­son and the twenty-two-year-old play­er qui­ckly es­tab­lished him­self in the fir­st te­am. A com­posed and in­tel­li­gent play­maker, he made his com­pet­it­ive de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 1–1 Fir­st Di­vi­sion draw ag­ainst South­ampton at The Dell on the open­ing day of the 1979–80 cam­paign and went on to net his fir­st goal for The Reds in a com­pre­hens­ive 4–0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion tri­umph over Sto­ke City at Old Traf­ford on the 29th of Sep­tember 1979. The de­fens­ive mid­fielder soon de­veloped in­to a key play­er and ma­naged to make 42 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Uni­ted dur­ing his in­aug­ur­al sea­son where the Old Traf­ford si­de were genu­ine title con­tenders for most of the cam­paign, but had to settle for the run­ners-up spot be­hind North West rivals Liver­pool. And des­pite the fact that Sexton´s Man­chester Uni­ted te­am did man­age to qual­i­fy for the 1980–81 UEFA Cup, neither the club´s board of dir­ect­ors nor the sup­port­ers were con­tent wi­th the lack of trophies.

Af­ter Dave Sex­ton ev­entually was re­placed by for­mer West Brom­wich Al­bion man­ager Ron Atkin­son in 1981, Ray Wil­kins would play three sea­sons un­der “Big Ron” and he was a mem­ber of the Man­chester Uni­ted si­de that won the FA Cup in 1983 and the FA Char­ity Shield the same year. The Lon­don­er ma­naged to score one of his rare goals for Uni­ted when he put his te­am 2–1 up dur­ing their 2–2 draw ag­ainst Jim­my Melia´s Brighton and Hove Al­bion in the 1983 FA Cup Fi­nal and he re­ceived an FA Cup win­ners’ medal af­ter a 4–0 trash­ing of The Seagulls in the re­play. At the end of the 1983-84 cam­paign, how­ever, Wil­kins joi­ned Itali­an Serie A te­am AC Mil­an for an es­tim­ated trans­fer fee of ar­ound £1.5 mil­lion, but he fou­nd it hard to ad­apt to the Itali­an ga­me and ev­entually mo­ved on to French Lea­gue One out­fit Par­is Saint-Ger­main at the start of the 1987-88 sea­son. Then, fol­low­ing a com­par­at­ively short stay at Parc des Princes, he de­cided to sign on for Glas­gow Ran­gers wi­th whom he won the Scot­tish Foot­ball Lea­gue title in 1988-89 and 1989-90 and the Scot­tish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup in 1989. The work­ahol­ic per­former would la­ter ap­pear for Queens Park Ran­gers, Crys­tal Pal­ace, Wycombe Wan­derers, Hi­ber­ni­an, Mill­wall, and fi­nally Ley­ton Ori­ent where he fin­ished his act­ive play­ing ca­reer in 1997. On the in­ter­na­tion­al sta­ge, he was picked for his Eng­land de­but in a 3–2 US Bi­cen­ten­ni­al Tour­na­ment tri­umph over Italy at Yan­kee Sta­dium in New York on the 28th of May 1976 and the much re­spec­ted foot­baller went on to win an im­press­ive total of 84 in­ter­na­tion­al full caps for his na­tive coun­try. A deep thinker on and off the field, he was also widely known for his ex­cel­lent read­ing of the ga­me as well as his unique lead­er­ship abi­lities. Ray Wil­kins Play­ing Ca­reer: Chel­sea, Man­chester Uni­ted, Mil­an, Par­is Saint-Ger­maine, Glas­gow Ran­gers, Queens Park Ran­gers, Crys­tal Pal­ace, Queens Park, Wycombe Wan­derers, Hi­ber­ni­an, Mill­wall, Ley­ton Ori­ent. Man­aging Ca­reer: Queens Park Ran­gers, Ful­ham, Chel­sea , Wat­ford, Chel­sea, Ful­ham.

 

Ray Wilkins Quickfacts

Dur­ing his five-year-long stay wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted, Ray Wil­kins ma­naged to ac­cu­mu­late 194 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for the club, con­trib­ut­ing ten goals in the pro­cess.

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Manchester United Appearances

South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 0
Arsen­al 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Midd­lesbrough 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
As­ton Vil­la 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Der­by Coun­ty 0
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Nor­wich City 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Sto­ke City 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Brighton and Hove Al­bion 0
West Brom­wich Al­bion 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Bris­tol City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 0
Ever­ton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 0
Man­chester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Crys­tal Pal­ace 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Nor­wich City 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Leeds Uni­ted 1
Cov­entry City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Not­ting­ham For­est 0
Liver­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Arsen­al 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Midd­lesbrough 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 1
Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Bris­tol City 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Bol­ton Wan­derers 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 0
Brighton and Hove Al­bion 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 0
Crys­tal Pal­ace 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Not­ting­ham For­est 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Liver­pool 1
Bol­ton Wan­derers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Nor­wich City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Brighton and Hove Al­bion 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Brighton and Hove Al­bion 1
Not­ting­ham For­est 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Lei­cester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0
Man­chester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Leeds Uni­ted 1
South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
As­ton Vil­la 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Not­ting­ham For­est 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Crys­tal Pal­ace 0
Cov­entry City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Liver­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Nor­wich City 0
Cov­entry City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Not­ting­ham For­est 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 2
As­ton Vil­la 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Swansea City 0
Midd­lesbrough 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Arsen­al 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Leeds Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Birm­ing­ham City 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Midd­lesbrough 0
Liver­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Notts Coun­ty 1
Sun­der­land 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Brighton and Hove Al­bion 2
South­ampton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Wat­ford 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ever­ton 1
Sto­ke City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 West Ham Uni­ted 0
Swansea City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 As­ton Vil­la 1
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Arsen­al 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 1
Birm­ing­ham City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Cov­entry City 1
Notts Coun­ty 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Sun­der­land 0
Leeds Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Liver­pool 1
Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 West Brom­wich Al­bion 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0
Ips­wich To­wn 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Brighton and Hove Al­bion 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 0
Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
West Ham Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sto­ke City 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Birm­ing­ham City 0
Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
West Brom­wich Al­bion 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ever­ton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ips­wich To­wn 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Va­lencia 0
South­ampton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Arsen­al 0
Va­lencia 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Luton To­wn 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 AFC Bourne­mouth 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 0
Liver­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Man­chester City 2
AFC Bourne­mouth 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Cov­entry City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Arsen­al 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Liver­pool 1
Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ever­ton 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Brighton and Hove Al­bion 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Liver­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Cov­entry City 0
Sun­der­land 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 1
Arsen­al 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Ever­ton 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Wat­ford 0
Nor­wich City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Arsen­al 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Swansea City 1
Notts Coun­ty 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Brighton and Hove Al­bion 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Brighton and Hove Al­bion 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Liver­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Queens Park Ran­gers 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Not­ting­ham For­est 2
Sto­ke City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Arsen­al 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Luton To­wn 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Dukla Praha 1
South­ampton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Liver­pool 0
Dukla Praha 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Nor­wich City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Port Vale 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Brom­wich Al­bion 0
Spar­tak Varna 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Sun­der­land 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Port Vale 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 As­ton Vil­la 2
Col­chester Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Lei­cester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Wat­ford 1
West Ham Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ox­ford Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ox­ford Uni­ted 1
Ips­wich To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2
Ox­ford Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Cov­entry City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Notts Coun­ty 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 0
Liver­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
AFC Bourne­mouth 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Queens Park Ran­gers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 South­ampton 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Nor­wich City 0
Birm­ing­ham City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Luton To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sun­der­land 1
As­ton Vil­la 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Bar­celona 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Lei­cester City 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Arsen­al 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Bar­celona 0
West Brom­wich Al­bion 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Birm­ing­ham City 0
Notts Coun­ty 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Wat­ford 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Cov­entry City 1
Ju­ventus 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 West Ham Uni­ted 0
Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 2
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Not­ting­ham For­est 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

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