Sad news today with Ray Wilkins passing away this morning.

His family confirming the news in a short public statement.

After a heart attack last week, the media reports didn’t suggest great hope that the former England star could pull through.

Reacting to the 61 year’s old death a number of former Newcastle players have expressed their sadness.

Alan Shearer speaking for many saying Ray Wilkins ‘will be sorely missed’.

Recent years have seen former Newcastle stars Cheick Tiote and Pavel Srnicek taken from us at such a young age.

Whilst Ray Wilkins was never part of Newcastle United, in it’s own way I think many NUFC supporters like me will find it just as much of a shock hearing the news today.

If you were growing up in the late 70s and 80s, then Ray Wilkins was a massive figure in English football, both club and country.

As such, he has always been a part of my life and others, as you watched on as he played his entire playing career before then management & coaching roles, as well as regular appearances in the media.

Sky News:

Former England and Chelsea footballer Ray Wilkins has died after suffering a heart attack last week.

A statement from the 61-year-old’s family confirmed that he passed away this morning.

They thanked staff at St George’s Hospital in southwest London where the ex-Blues captain had been placed in an induced coma.

The statement said: “We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray’s friends, colleagues, and members of the public.

“Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie.

“We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time.”

Alan Shearer:

“So sad to hear the news about Ray Wilkins.

“He lived for and loved football.

“I was lucky enough to have worked with him and he was always a true gentleman.

“He will be sorely missed by so many.


Joey Barton:

“Absolutely gutted to hear of Ray Wilkins passing.

“Thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

“Football has lost another good one.

“RIP Butch.”

Mick Quinn:

“Very sad news.

“Ray Butch Wilkins has passed away.

“He was a top man.

“R.I.P Ray.”

Rob Lee:

“RIP Ray wilkins, a true LEGEND!”

Steve Howey:

“Absolutely devastating news about Ray Wilkins.

“Such a wonderful man, will be hugely missed.

“RIP Legend xx.”

  • Peter Robson

    He was among the “Old school” who wore their England shirt with pride and passion, and football is a sadder place for his passing !! R.I.P Butch !!!

    • Jezza

      Yes he was a model professional who always gave everything he had. I remember him showing that same level of pride and passion playing for QPR at St James’s Park in the twilight of his career in England. He played a defence splitting precision 40 yard pass for Les Ferdinand to open the scoring. The way Butch Wilkins celebrated that goal made it clear just how much passion he still had for the game even at an age when most footballers would have been long retired.

  • Philippines

    Top fellow. He set an example both off and on the pitch.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A sad day for football, a Chelsea icon & played for some great clubs as well as England.
    from what i`ve seen of him on Tv he was also a great guy.

    • Jezza

      I seem to recall he was captain of Chelsea at the age of 17.

  • East Durham Mag

    RIP Butch. A sad day.

  • robbersdog

    Ray Wilkins could control the tempo of a game and was a sublime passer of the ball – long or short. He’d have a been a star in any era of the game, and England’s current midfield is crying out for a central-midfield ‘quarterback’ of his calibre.

    He had his problems with alcohol and depression over the last few years, but that’s because he wasn’t just a ‘footballer’, he was also a human being.

    I’ve read and heard a lot of tributes to him from ex-players and media colleagues, and he sounds like a class act – both personally and professionally.

  • Peter

    Sad day for football… RIP Ray.

  • HarryHype59

    Sad news, RIP Butch.

  • Cockneytrev

    Very sad news,,
    A top player and a top professional, he also came across as real gentlemen,,,
    RIP Butch…

  • Mayor Vaughn

    I’ll always remember us playing QPR at home when we first came up with KK, Wlkins and Sir Les destroyed us that day. I vividly remember Kevin Scott nutmegging Ray Wilkins and him turning around and clapping the skill (Or he may have been on the wind up). Always stuck with me that.

  • Mike

    thoughts with his family a good player too young to go. RIP

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    He was a good pro in his time although saying I liked him as a pundit would make me a hypocrite.

    All the same though, R.I.P Ray, Condolences to his nearest and dearest.