Ray Wilkins




 Ray Wilkins joined Chelsea as an apprentice and made his debut, at the age of 17, on Friday 26 October 1973, as a substitute in a 3-0 home league win against Norwich City. Appointed Chelsea’s youngest ever captain, at 18 years old, by Manager Eddie McCreadie in the latter part of the 1974-75 season, Wilkins was unable to prevent Chelsea’s relegation but he was the outstanding player in Chelsea’s 1977-78 promotion winning side as the club returned to the top flight.


By now Wilkins was an England international, called up in 1976 while still a Second Division player but with Chelsea suffering relegation again in 1979, Wilkins was sold to Manchester United for £825,000. Between his debut in 1973 and leaving for Manchester United in 1979, Wilkins made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scored 34 goals and captained the side from 1975 until his departure.