Ray Clemence Dies At 72

Ray Clemence was England goalkeeper coach


Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence is dead(aged 72). Clemence is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever to grace the game, and played a massive part during Liverpool’s era of dominance through the 1970s.

Signed by Bill Shankly form Scunthorpe United in 1967, Clemence was a a leader behind the Reds’ impressive back line. He won five league titles with Liverpool, along with an FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Cups and three European Cups. After leaving Anfield in 1981, Clemence went on to enjoy FA Cup and UEFA Cup success with Tottenham before retiring in 1988. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and was at the forefront of the campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Ray Clemence won 61 caps for England, but that figure would have been far higher had he not shared the goal post with Peter Shilton. Clemence’s final game for the Three Lions was against Luxembourg in 1983, a career that spanned 12 years. He briefly went into management, taking charge of Barnet in 1994, before taking up a coaching role with England under Glenn Hoddle. Clemence kept his role under Hoddle’s successors Kevin Keegan, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren but was replaced when Fabio Capello took the reins and inserted Franco Tancredi as goalkeeping coach.

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