Band of Brothers : The Wilkins

Ernest George Wilkins was a professional footballer and had 4 footballing sons. Three of his sons, Graham, Ray and Dean Wilkins, played professional football. Ray is the most famous of the brother band and was a key midfielder for the England national football team during the 1980s (84 caps), and enjoyed success at various clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers, and Rangers. Graham is the eldest of four Wilkins brothers. Graham began his career with Chelsea in 1972. He played 149 games in all competitions with the blues before moving on to Brentford in 1982. A broken leg forced his retirement from the professional game in 1983. Dean, the youngest brother, was a  former footballer and ex manager of English football team Brighton & Hove Albion. Before that he played in Finland (1981-82)and in first division in Netherlands with Pec-Zwolle (1984-87). The last brother,  Stephen, was signed by Chelsea and Brentford, but did not make any first-team appearances for either team and he went on to play for a number of non-league teams, including Dagenham and Hayes. And now the 3 professional players brothers in Panini Stickers (Chelsea 1977-78 for Ray and Graham, Pec Zwolle 1984-85 for Dean). Click on the picture for better quality :
The father George Wilkins was also a famous footballer. Wilkins played football for Hayes. In 1938 he signed as a professional for Brentford. After making his First Division debut in January 1939 he played three League games before the Second World War. He continued to play for Brentford during the war, including at Wembley in the 1942 London Cup Final, when Brentford beat Portsmouth. Here it comes a painting card of George Wilkins with Brentford :

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