Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence dies at the age of 72
Written by on 15 November 2020
Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72, the Football Association has announced.
During his time with Liverpool, he won three European Cups and five First Division titles after being signed by manager Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe for GBP18,000.
He also picked up two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup with the Reds. Sir Kenny Dalglish tweeted that Clemence was a “true legend” and a “fantastic teammate”.
After joining Tottenham in 1981, for GBP300,000, Clemence won another UEFA Cup and an FA Cup.
With England, he won 61 caps, and would have claimed many more had he not been competing with Peter Shilton.
He had been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005.
In 2018, he told Prostate Cancer UK: “There’s lots of talk about men like me only lasting five or six years with it.
“Well I’m 13 going on 14 years now, and I’m doing all the things that I want.
“I’m a survivor, basically, and I want to continue enjoying life for as long as possible.”
The legendary keeper is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen and daughters Sarah and Julie.
Tottenham posted a message from his family on Twitter, saying that “after fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace and in no more pain”.
They added: “The family would like to say a huge thank you for the love and support he’s received over the years. He was loved so much by us all and will never be forgotten.”
Liverpool said: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest ever goalkeepers, Ray Clemence.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ray’s family and many friends.”
Former Liverpool forward Ian Rush tweeted: “RIP Ray Clemence. It was an honour to know you and to get the chance to play with you.”
John Barnes said Clemence was “a great goalkeeper and a greater person”.
The keeper was a Liverpool “giant who was also a giant of a man”, Jamie Carragher said.
Ossie Ardiles, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, said he was a “great goalkeeper” and a “wonderful companion”.
The Football Association said it was “extremely saddened”.
England players will wear black armbands during their Nations League match in Belgium on Sunday evening.
They will also pay tribute to Clemence before Wednesday’s match against Iceland at Wembley.