Born in Bristol on 21st July 1947, Ray came to CCFC for just the one season (1977-78) from the Villa – where, in six seasons Ray scored 80 goals in 229 first team outings). Arriving in the close season of 1977 for £35k he provided the forward line of Sky Blues manager (and CCFPA member) Gordon Milne with width on the right hand side. Though appearances were limited he made an important contribution to an exhilerating campaign as part of a 4–2–4 formation with both Ray and fellow CCFPA member Tommy Hutchison playing as out and out wingers. That side also featured (all fellow CCFPA members) the likes of Mick Ferguson, Ian Wallace, Terry Yorath, Bobby McDonald, Graham Oakey and Jim Blyth. City recovered the transfer fee when Ray departed for the NASL in the United States in March the following year, signing for Washington Diplomats. By then he had clocked up 24 first team appearances and six goals for the Sky Blues.
He returned to the UK later in 1978 and finished his playing career with Oxford United before embarking on a coaching career with first Oxford and then the likes of Watford, Southampton and latterly with Leicester City (2006) – as well as a spell in China. Ray has also gained managerial experience with Walsall and Bristol Rovers between coaching roles. In July 2009, he was acknowledged for his legendary status amongst Walsall fans with a star on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars on Broad Street after topping their fans’ votes in competition with other Walsall ‘legends’.
Late CCFPA Committee member Bob Bromage caught up with him in 2012 at the Golf Day of our sister organisation at Aston Villa and Ray put pen to paper for the Association. Bob is pictured right welcoming Ray and presenting him with his official Association tie. We hope Ray will come to the Ricoh as our guest at a future home League game.