Babayaro to play in Chelsea legends game to honour Wilkins

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/04/2018

Chelsea have announced a charity game with Celestine Babayaro is among ex-Blues players to play against Inter Milan legends in May will be dedicated to the late Ray Wilkins.

The 61-year-old, who captained Chelsea and worked as an assistant manager during two different spells at the club, died at St George's Hospital in early April after suffering a heart attack at his home.

The match brings together a host of former Chelsea players, with those who played alongside Wilkins and under at Stamford Bridge. 

Speaking about the decision to dedicate the game to Wilkins, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck told club official website

"Ray Wilkins had blue blood in his veins and was known and loved by many generations of Chelsea fans having started so young as a player, and indeed as our captain, and then returned on more than one occasion to be an assistant manager when he helped win several important trophies.

"Personally, I will always remember the celebrations with him when we won competitions and his ability to explain the game was cherished by so many of us.

"Ray is a true Chelsea legend, and therefore our Legends Game in May is the perfect opportunity for the club and our supporters to pay tribute to one of football’s great guys."

The fun will be distributed from the Chelsea Foundation to Crohn's and Colitis UK - a charity that the Wilkins family has nominated for the event.

Chelsea Legends face Inter Forever at Stamford Bridge on Friday 18 May. Kick-off is 7.45pm, with penalties to decide the winner if scores are level after 80 minutes.