Ray Wilkins’ son pays final tribute after laying Chelsea legend to rest

Ray Wilkins was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon, almost a month after he passed away.

The Chelsea and Manchester United legend suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and died several days later,on April 4, in hospital.

Wilkins, who was 61, left wife Jackie and two children, Ross and Jade.

And the former tweeted: "This morning we laid our loving dad to rest in a private ceremony. Thanks for all the kind words to date and privacy during this time. Sleep tight fella xx"

Midfielder Wilkins helped United lift the FA Cup in 1983 during a 160 game spell at Old Trafford and earned 84 England caps, featuring at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

But he will most fondly be remembered at Stamford Bridge where he won the Player of the Year award in 1976 and 1977 before going on to assist Carlo Ancelotti to the Premier League title and FA Cup double in the 2009/10 campaign.

Football fans meanwhile are planning to turn this year’s FA Cup final into an emotional tribute to Wilkins.

Manchester United take on Chelsea in the showpiece on May 19.

Wilkins wore the No 8 shirt for both clubs and supporters will sing “There’s only one Ray Wilkins” in the eighth minute of the Final.

Before the match at Wembley both clubs are also planning a series of tributes.

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