Raymond Franchetti was born on April 11, 1952 in Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland. He first made his mark in local football when playing for the St. Mungo’s Academy team. He then progressed to Baillieston Juniors. After a spell scoring ten goals in four games in junior football, he was signed by Glasgow Celtic in July 1971. Several other clubs were scouting him at the time, these included Aberdeen, Chelsea and Everton.

Ray spent his period at Celtic playing mostly for the reserve team. He was said to have been close to getting a chance with the first team on several occasions.

After being freed by Celtic after the end of the 1972-73 season, Ray signed for Airdrieonians in June 1973. He played in 45 league games and scored 17 goals for Airdrie.

In August 1975 Ray signed for Albion Rovers. He is fondly remembered for his time there, as he scored 49 goals in 172 league games.

In May 1978 Ray was one of three players imported by Toronto Italia from the Scottish League. He made his debut against Buffalo Blazers on Sunday May 14, 1978. Italia won 4-2.

Toronto Italia finished the 1978 NSL season in fifth place in the final league standings.

Ray’s younger brother, Virgil, played for St. Mungo’s Academy, Queen’s Park, Clyde and Cambuslang Rangers.