Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Plan a Minute's Applause to Celebrate Wilkins' Achievements

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Plan a Minute's Applause to Celebrate Wilkins' Achievements

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CHELSEA will stage a number of tributes to Ray Wilkins ahead of their game against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wilkins, who started his career at Chelsea and had two spells as assistant manager there, died aged 61 yesterday. The club are determined to honour their former midfielder and have put several things in place to do just that.

Chelsea's players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute's applause before kick-off rather than a minute's silence, as they want it to be a celebration of Wilkins' life and achievements.

The official programme will pay homage to him, while a possible montage of his career is going to be shown on the big screens inside the stadium.

Chelsea are already flying flags at half mast at their training ground at Cobham. The club's Under-18 team wore black armbands during their 3-0 win at Birmingham City in the FA Youth Cup semifinal last night, where a minute's applause was also held. …

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