A legend of the round ball has died out. Ray Clemence, the goalkeeper of the great Liverpool at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s and of the England team, has died at the age of 72, the English football federation announced on Sunday. Recruited in 1967 by the legendary Bill Shankly, Clemence won three European Champion Clubs’ Cups (1977, 1978, 1981), two UEFA Cups (1973, 1976) and five English Championships with the Reds. Clemence’s last appearance for Liverpool dates back to the 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final.
He then wore the Tottenham jersey from 1981, adding an FA Cup in 1982 and a UEFA Cup in 1984 to his record, sorry. Clemence also had 61 caps for the England team, before being eclipsed by Peter Shilton, who remains to this day the most capped player with the “Three Lions” (125 games).
“It is with great sadness that we write to tell you that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his family,” his family wrote in a statement.
“After having fought for a long time, he is now at peace and no longer in pain”, she added, while Clemence had been suffering from prostate cancer since 2005. “The family would like to say a big thank you for all the love and support he has received over the years. He was so loved by all of us and he will never be forgotten ”.
“Ray was a brilliant goalkeeper with a great sense of humor”
The world of English football and particularly the caste of goalkeepers paid him a vibrant tribute. “I am absolutely devastated to hear the sad news of the passing of Ray Clemence,” another England legend Peter Shilton said on Twitter.
“We were rivals but good friends. Ray was a brilliant goalie with a great sense of humor. I will miss him dearly as we remained friends long after our retirement. RIP my friend ”. After his retirement as a player, Clemence held coaching positions with England and Tottenham ‘Spurs’.
“It is so sad to say goodbye to a true legend, a brilliant goalkeeper and my great English goalkeeper coach Ray Clemence,” wrote former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman on Twitter.
Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James said “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Clemence. “Clem” has been my coach with England for over ten years. He was a lovely man with a wicked left foot, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall when I was a child ”.
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