Ray Clemence passed away on Sunday at the age of 72. The legendary former goalkeeper and club icon of Liverpool died of cancer.
Clemence was England’s goalkeeper coach
Clemence is considered one of England’s greatest goalkeepers ever. He played 470 matches with Liverpool from 1967 to 1981, after which he was also under contract with Tottenham Hotspur for seven years. He also came to 61 caps in the English national team. In 1988 he ended his career at the age of 39.
With Clemence, the third known English goalkeeper dies within two years. In 2019 Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper of the England gold World Cup team of 1966, and in April 2020 Peter Bonetti who played at the 1970 World Cup.
Clemence made his debut for the England national team in 1972. As a club, he won the national championship five times with Liverpool, won the European Cup I three times and won the European Super Cup once. At Tottenham Hotspur, he seized one League Cup and the UEFA Cup.
After retiring as a player, Clemence started his coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur as an assistant trainer. After a two-year stay at Barnet, national coach Glenn Hoddle added him as goalkeeping coach to the technical staff of the English national selection in 1996. He retired in 2013.
“Liverpool is heartbroken by the death of Ray Clemence,” said an obituary on the website of the English national champion. “Our thoughts are with Ray’s family and friends during these sad and troubled times.” The English Football Association and Tottenham Hotspur have also conveyed their condolences to the relatives.