Former England, Tottenham and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence dies


ormer Tottenham, Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died, aged 72.

An £18,000 signing from Scunthorpe by Bill Shankly, Clemence was part of the all-conquering Reds team of the 1970s and early 1980s, winning the First Division five times along with three European Cups and further domestic trophies.

He moved to Spurs in 1981 for a fee of £300,000, picking up a FA Cup winners’ medal in his first season and the Uefa Cup two years later.

Clemence won 61 England caps, which would undoubtedly have been many more had he not been competing with Peter Shilton, who accumulated 125, for the number one shirt.

He retired in 1988 and went on to join the Tottenham coaching staff. Former team-mate Glen Hoddle recruited him for his England coaching setup in 1996, a role he held until 2007, returning upon Roy Hodgson’s appointment five years later.

Clemence was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, also undergoing surgery to remove a tumour on his brain, and more recently in 2012.

Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former player himself and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.

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