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Liverpool goalkeeper who won the European Cup Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72. Widely regarded as the club’s greatest goalkeeper, Clemence was an immutable object between the sticks during the height of the Reds’ domination at home and abroad.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the disease’s effects.
Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 15, 2020
“Clem”, who was signed by Scunthorpe for £ 18,000 in June 1967,
“Clem”, who was signed by Scunthorpe for £ 18,000 in June 1967, instilled the confidence of those who played before him – like Alisson Becker today – and in the 1978/79 season he conceded only 16 goals in 42 games.
He helped make Anfield a stronghold by conceding 28 goals and conceding just four goals in 21 games. It was at a time when the penalty boxes were operated by players like Frank Worthington, Liam Brady, and Bob Latchford.
He became a permanent goalkeeper in 1970, eventually replacing Tommy Lawrence, and only missed six games over the next 11 years of his stay.
Not only did he show his importance for his five league wins, but Clemence also proved his worth in Europe when Liverpool won the 1973 and 1976 UEFA Cup and saved penalties against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Dynamo Dresden.
And he’s a man who never really wanted to play in goal and once humbly pointed out that it was because he had nowhere else to play.
“I never really played at goal until I was 15,” he told lfchistory.net. “I started as a center forward when I was nine.
“In my early teens, I played center-back and left-back. I enjoyed both positions, probably a better tail than the middle half. And by chance one day we missed a goalkeeper and the school athlete asked me to go in goal. When I entered the destination, it was natural for me to do so.
Bill Shankly clearly liked what he saw as he and his scouts watched him in action, and his fee could be considered one of the best offers in Liverpool’s illustrious history.
When he went to Tottenham in 1981, he only missed the Cup Winners’ Cup.
“I had won everything in Liverpool and I didn’t want to move to a place where I just saw my time,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com. “I always wanted to fight in the league, in the cup and in Europe.”
Despite losing the 1982 League Cup to the former Liverpool team in his first season, Clemence won the FA Cup that same season and won a third UEFA Cup Winners’ medal in 1984.
He also played 61 times for England and shared a long rivalry for first place with Peter Shilton. His rise to power, however, coincided with the national team’s less successful period, when the three Lions failed to qualify for the 1974 and 1978 World Championships. However, he worked under the direction of various English managers from 1996 to 2007 as a goalkeeping coach.