Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died aged 72, the Football Association has reported.
Clémence, who won three European Cups and five Premier League titles during a trophy-laden stint at Anfield, was arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.
He won 61 caps in England which undoubtedly would have been a lot more if he hadn’t competed with Peter Shilton, who racked up 125, for the number one jersey.
Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died aged 72
Clemence was arguably one of the greatest guardians of his generation
He won 61 caps in England and won three European Cups and five Premier League titles
The Football Federation issued a statement: “With great sadness we write to inform you that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family,” a statement from the Clemence family said.
“After fighting so hard, for so long, he is now at peace and no longer in pain.
“The family would like to say a huge thank you, for all the love and support he has received over the years.
“He was loved so much by all of us and he will never be forgotten.
Clemence was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005.
England players will now wear black armbands during their Nations League match in Belgium on Sunday night and pay tribute to Clemence ahead of Wednesday’s game against Iceland at Wembley.
A £ 18,000 signing from Scunthorpe by Bill Shankly, Clemence was a key member of the Liverpool squad which dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, and also won two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup .
Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica (left) and three children Sarah, Julie and Stephen
Clemence has a mural in Liverpool and was a key member of the team that dominated Europe
FA released statement claiming ex-goalkeeper ‘passed away peacefully’
Liverpool paid tribute to their former goalkeeper and Kop legend, tweeting: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Ray Clemence.
“The hearts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ray’s family and many friends.
“Rest in peace, Ray Clemence 1948-2020.
Sir Kenny Dalglish described Clémence as a “true legend”.
He added on Twitter: “Clem was a fantastic and great teammate to be there. I will never forget how he helped me settle down at Anfield. Our hearts go out to the Clemence family. RIP Clem. “
Jamie Carragher, Liverpool legend and Sky Sports expert, paid tribute to Clemence, tweeter: RIP Ray Clemence. A giant of the LFC who was also a giant of man. #YNWA ‘
Reds ambassador and former striker Ian Rush posted: ‘RIP Ray Clemence, we have lost a true legend! It was an honor to know you and to have the chance to play with you! My thoughts and prayers are with your family ‘
Piers Morgan too tweeted: “Still sad news today. RIP Ray Clemence, 72 years old. One of the greatest goalkeepers in history: more than 1000 matches including 61 selections for England, 5 league titles, 3 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 FA Cups. An incredible career and an absolute gentleman.
Liverpool paid tribute to their former goalkeeper and Kop legend after news of his death
After his playing days, Clemence joined the England coaching staff as a goalkeeper coach
At Tottenham, which he joined in 1981 at the age of 32 for a fee of £ 300,000, he won another UEFA Cup and FA Cup.
After his playing days, Clemence joined the England coaching staff, teaming up with former Spurs teammate and then Three Lions boss Glenn Hoddle in 1996.
He continued to coach England’s goalkeepers under Kevin Keegan, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren until Fabio Capello took over.
He returned behind the scenes of the national team when Roy Hodgson took over and supervised goalkeepers at Euro 2012 before retiring a year later.
Clémence is survived by his wife Veronica, his son Stephen – a former player himself and now a coach – and his daughters Sarah and Julie.
CLEMENCE’S CAREER IN FIGURES
3 – European Cup triumph with Liverpool
5 – First division titles won at Anfield
16 – a low record number of goals conceded in 42 games in the 1978/79 Premier League season
61 – England caps, after sharing jersey number one with Peter Shilton
240 – league appearances for Tottenham
323 – clean sheets during his Liverpool career
336 – consecutive games played between September 9, 1972 and March 4, 1978
665 – total number of appearances for Liverpool before joining Tottenham in the summer of 1981
1972 – Clémence makes her England debut in a World Cup qualifying match against Wales in November 1972
1983 – his last England selection was in a European Championship qualifying match against Luxembourg in November 1983
18,000 – the pound fee Liverpool paid to sign 18-year-old Clemence from Scunthorpe in the summer of 1967