Date: 7th April 2018 at 7:35pm
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Jack Grealish paid a lovely tribute to the sadly departed football legend, Ray Wilkins, today. On scoring, in the disappointing 3-1 loss to Norwich, Jack lifted his Villa shirt to reveal the writing ‘Ray Wilkins. RIP. xx’

He also tweeted:

The reaction from Villa fans to the gesture, and to his performance today, have been universally positive. Something you don’t often see on Twitter!

A good few more tweets said that the gesture was class by Jack.

Wilkins, who was with us as assistant manager under Tim Sherwood for a short period in 2015 died in hospital on Wednesday, at the tender age of just 61. He was being treated after suffering a heart attack.

The commentators on the Sky match coverage today explained that Wilkins had stayed in close contact with Grealish after parting company with Aston Villa.

Jack had tweeted on Wednesday:

John Terry had paid his own tribute on Wednesday to a man he had worked so closely with at Chelsea.

Terry said: “At Stamford Bridge today paying my respects to the great man Ray Wilkins. I placed my captains armband on one of Rays pictures as a mark of respect.  Ray was our youngest ever permanent captain at 18…LEGEND.”

Fuller quotes from JT are available in The Birmingham Mail.

Forum thread on Ray: Vital Villa Forum Thread – Ray Wilkins RIP

Rest In Peace Ray.

 

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