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Friday, September 14, 2007

QPR's former Player & Manager, Ray Wilkins Turns 51

Ray Wilkins of course recently expressed a desire to return to manage QPR. A concept which many QPR fans did not exactly rush to embrace. (It was also a possibility which QPR Chairman Paladini said would not be happening) But happy birthday to a great former QPR player.

Born September 14, 1956. Signed by QPR on the cusp of Trevor Francis's departure and Don Howe succeeding him, November 30, 1989.
Wilkins left QPR in May 1994 to join Crystal Palace on a free. Returned to QPR in November 1994 as player manager, when Gerry Francis moved on to Spurs. Had a great first season. Unfortunately the second season, Les Ferdinand was sold, and some of the signings were not so great and QPR were relegated. Started the following season, but resigned/was sacked exactly 10 years ago (+ a few days)
Dave Sexton originally tried to sign Wilkins when he was an 18 year old at Chelsea in 1974/1975. And QPR were linked again with him when he was at Manchester United and Terry Venables QPR had just won promotion.

See Also:

Ray Wilkins/Wikipedia

Dave's QueensParkRangers FC Profile of Wilkins - Queens Park Rangers FC - Wilkins

QPRnet's Q&A with Ray Wilkins - QPRNet-Ray Wilkins Q&A

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