CHELSEA AND MANCHESTER UNITED PLAN TO MAKE FA CUP FINAL A ‘RAY WILKINS FINAL’, BUT FA WON’T LET THAT HAPPEN

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins passed on last month at the age of 61 after suffering a heart attack.

With both Chelsea and United having an FA Cup final showdown at the Wembley Stadium on May 19,the two clubs are in support of renaming this season’s FA Cup final the ‘Ray Wilkins Cup final’ in honour of their former player — although the FA have no plans to do so, the Daily Mail report.

Wilkins, who starred for both clubs, died last month at the age of 61 after a heart attack.

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.

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.

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