Years later, when Allan was plying his trade just up the road in west London, the two men found themselves in direct competition: Ron as captain of Chelsea, his older brother skipper of QPR, as the two clubs met in a competitive game for the first time.
‘It’s a rare occasion when we were divided, but I suppose that’s what football can do,’ added Allan.
The Wilkins clan
Had things worked out a little differently, the next set of Chelsea siblings could have raised the bar in terms of how many of them turned out for the Blues.
At one time we had three Wilkins brothers on our books, as Graham and Ray, who did make it in the first team, were joined by Stephen, who was training with the club while Eddie McCreadie was championing our youth set-up in the late Seventies. Then there was Dean, the fourth Wilkins brother, who instead learned his trade just up the road at QPR. Now that is a football family!
Graham, as the eldest of the brothers, had already debuted for the club when Ray, the most highly rated of the family and just over a year younger, was put forward by Dave Sexton to make his debut as a 17-year-old against Norwich.