‘Incredible’ Ray Wilkins gave Eastenders actor Michael Greco his Chelsea vs Barcelona ticket in a ‘heartbreaking’ gesture just weeks before his sad passing


Here at talkSPORT, our memories of Chelsea and Manchester United legend Ray Wilkins will live long.

A gentleman, father, friend and hero to many, he still means a lot to many.

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Wilkins was one of the good guys in football and we miss him a lot

And yet, four years after his sad disappearance, we discover his many acts of incredible generosity.

After his death in 2018, talkSPORT was told by an ex-soldier how an incredible encounter with Wilkins while he was homeless helped him get his life back on track.

It was a true mark of the man, his kindness, his humility and his incredible ability to befriend everyone he met.

And former Eastenders actor Michael Greco, a pal he picked up along the way, revealed another story to add to Wilkins’ charity list.

He told Jonny Owen and Friends: “One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and because he was a hero of mine growing up, meeting him and becoming friends with him was amazing.

“I was living near Stamford Bridge and we were playing against Barcelona in the Champions League and we drew 1-1, it was the first time Lionel Messi had scored against us.

A legend at Chelsea for his time as a player and manager, Wilkins was a welcome sight at Stamford Bridge – but thankfully allowed others to view the Blues on his behalf.

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A legend at Chelsea for his time as a player and manager, Wilkins was a welcome sight at Stamford Bridge – but thankfully allowed others to view the Blues on his behalf.


“Anyway, I didn’t have a ticket and Ray told me to go down to the bar and we’ll see about it at the bar.

“So I went to the Chelsea bar and he came up to me and said ‘get my ticket’. I was like, ‘no, no, no, I don’t have your ticket’.

“He says to me ‘look, you have my ticket, I’m here all the time, you have my ticket and I’m going to watch it on TV here’.

“So I went into the ground and got Ray Wilkins’ ticket and two weeks later he died.

“When I heard I burst into tears, not just because he was such an amazing person, but because of these stories. All of these stories revealed what an incredible person he was.

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Messi breaks his duck to win Stamford Bridge draw for Barca

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Grecco saw Chelsea draw 1-1 with Barcelona through Wilkins, seeing Messi score his first-ever goal against the Blues

“You know what I liked about him? It was like when George Michael died, you found out about all the amazing things he did for charity, but he did it anonymously.

“For me, I love it. When people do things and they don’t tell people they do it or put it on social media, or have to brag that they did something great. ‘unbelievable, and they’re doing it anonymously. That, to me, is heartbreaking.



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