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Former Chelsea captain Ray Wilkins passed away at the age of 61 after suffering cardiac arrest.

He died on Wednesday, April 4, in a London hospital, having suffered a cardiac arrest and was placed in an induced coma before his death.

Wilkins was just 18 when he was given the captaincy at Stamford Bridge and having come through the academy at the Blues he has always had a strong bond with the club and associated himself with the club till he passed, despite having also played for Manchester United, AC Milan and a lot of other clubs.

Wilkins was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant when the Blues won the Premier League and FA Cup double in the 2009/10 season, and with tributes pouring in from all over the world, Chelsea fans are preparing a banner for the legend ahead of Sunday’s game against West Ham.

Stamford Bridge has several banners around the stadium and they are organised by We Are The Shed, who have now appealed to supporters to back their fund to raise £170 for a painted banner of Wilkins to be unveiled at the West Ham match on Sunday.

Surprisingly, by 4pm on Wednesday they had already smashed through that target and had raised £545, with it still rising throughout the day.

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