Back in 2007 we were lucky enough to have Ray attend and present our end of season awards. He gave his time to each and every player receiving an award and posed for pictures with teams, coaches and volunteers and apologised that he had to leave to get to Sky to cover a Copa America game. In all he was with us for well over 2 hrs…
His popularity transcended any club bias and he was respected throughout the game from grassroots to the world stage and it was a privilege, however brief, to have met him and been in his presence.
Today we lost not only a footballing legend but a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by us all. Our thoughts, and that I’m sure of the whole game, are with his family at this sad time..
RIP Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins