Brentford FC will be holding a minute of applause at the match against Ipswich Town tomorrow in memory of Ray Wilkins. The former England captain, who was a fixture on the West London football scene, died on Wednesday, 4 April, at the age of 61. Ray had collapsed last week after suffering a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital. He was placed in a coma but died earlier this week.
To commemorate Ray, and his family association with Brentford, there will be applause before tomorrow’s fixture. Ray won 84 caps for his country and played for Chelsea and Manchester United as well as Italian giants Associazione Calcio Milan and French side Paris Saint-Germain. He was player-manager at Queens Park Rangers and also managed Fulham. His last job in football was at Aston Villa and he was a recognisable face and voice in the media until the weeks before his death.
Ray’s dad George was a professional at Brentford in the 1930s and 40s. World War II dented his career but he played in Brentford’s London War Cup winning team in 1942 and also represented The Bees in the top flight either side of the conflict. Ray’s brother Graham played 46 games for Brentford in the early 1980s and another brother, Stephen, was briefly on the books at Griffin Park.
All at Brentford FC would like to pass on their condolences to the Wilkins family at this time.