Troy Deeney paid tribute to Ray Wilkins in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley as he remembered an honest and knowledgably man.

Wilkins passed away at the age of 61 last Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest and being put in an induced coma the previous week.

The former Watford coach was held in high regard across the footballing world and Premier League clubs remembered him before their games throughout the weekend.

Deeney was quick to follow suit and spoke of a handful of meetings in which the 84-time capped England international left an impression.

“Just a quick word, if I can, about Ray Wilkins before I sign off,” Deeney wrote.

“I didn’t know him particularly well, but our paths crossed a few times when Watford were playing Chelsea, or I’d seen him at The Belfry once or twice when he was helping at Villa.

“Although he had a great way with words, he was always straight with you and I like that. I asked him a few times about certain things because of his wealth of football knowledge, so it was good to get a few words now and then.”

The Vic came together before Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Sean Dyche’s Clarets as a minute's applause took place prior to kick-off.

It was a fitting way to remember a man who was assistant at the club between 2000 and 2002.