Ray Wilkins picks his best XI
Just a few days ago, there was a very interesting interview by Matt Lawton for the Daily Mail - the subject was Ray "Butch" Wilkins.
It is my opinion that whenever I see Wilkins on TV that he has nearly always come across as being level headed and probably a calming influence in any dressing room. I must admit to being surprised about his driving offences a few months ago as this seemed to be out of character and for an ex-player with so much knowledge of the game, it does seem somewhat surprising that he has found managerial roles really tough to come by.
Stan Bowles - the legend - the character - the maverick - and there are many other names that I could call him and that he has probably been called before (good and bad).
It was during his time in the latter part of his career at Orient that I personally had a minor run-in with Bowles as my father and I were leaving Corley Services on the M6 near Coventry. I recognised John Chiedozie flying past me as the Orient team coach had just pulled in. As we walked beside the coach, we could see manager Jimmy Bloomfield having a quiet snooze near the front whilst near the back of the coach clouds of smoke were clearly visible. As we reached that part of the coach we looked in to see Bowles alongside Ian Moores and several other players involved in a game of poker. Bowles was armed with a cigar and upon realising that we were looking in, blasted a whole load of obscenities at us through the window although we could not hear them - I am assuming this by his aggressive body language at the time!
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