- The FA have no plans to call the Wembley showdown a ‘Ray Wilkins Cup final’
- Frank Stapleton suggested the FA should rename the final on May 19
- There will be a number of events planned to honour Wilkins at Wembley
- Wilkins, who starred for both sides, died last month after a heart attack
Wilkins, who starred for both clubs, died last month at the age of 61 after a heart attack.
And, speaking poignantly at his memorial service on Tuesday, former United striker Frank Stapleton suggested that the FA should rename the final between United and Chelsea on May 19 — though it would appear unlikely with the FA stating they are not examining the possibility.
Man United and Chelsea support a call to rename the FA Cup final as the ‘Ray Wilkins Cup final’
However, there will be a number of events planned to honour Wilkins, whose family have been invited to the match.
There will be a four-page tribute in the programme, and the designs of both club’s banners will be dedicated to Wilkins, whose name will be shown on screens at Wembley. United and Chelsea will both provide footage for a tribute video to be broadcast on stadium screens before kick-off and fan groups from both clubs are working on a number of ideas.
Middlesex-born Wilkins came through the ranks at Chelsea and made his debut for the club in 1973. He was made captain at Stamford Bridge at the age of 18 before leaving to join United in 1979 following Chelsea’s relegation to the Second Division. After five years at Old Trafford, he moved to Italy to play for AC Milan.
Wilkins, an MBE, won 84 caps for England, whom he captained on 10 occasions. He returned to Chelsea in a coaching capacity on a number of occasions following managerial stints at QPR and Fulham.
There will be a number of events planned to honour the former England international