thought this was a really nice piece the club put togetherRay Clemence (1948- 2020)
best Liverpool goalkeeper ever.
Clemence joined LFC from Scunthorpe in the late 60's.
he succeeded Tommy Lawrence as Liverpool goalkeeper in an era (66-73)
when Liverpool were regular contenders but went 7 years without a trophy.
in 1973 after 11 different champions in 14 seasons, Ray won his first League
Championship and the UEFA Cup - the club's first European trophy.
at Anfield he won 5 League titles, 3 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, the 1974 FA Cup
and a League Cup.
also in 1973 Gordon Banks suffered a serious eye injury which opened the
door for Clemence and Shilton to begin a long duel for the England keepers jersey.
Until the early 80's Clemence generally got the nod playing in Euro '80 but England
failed to qualify for two World Cups prior to 1982.
an injury in the run up to the tournament led to Ron Greenwood dropping him in
favour of Shilton, despite Clemence having recovered.
not playing in a World Cup was the worst moment of his career which earned
Ray 61 caps but was virtually over with England after the Spain '82.
the 1978-79 season deserves a mention: Liverpool won a record 68 points from
42 matches (2 points for a win) and only conceded a record 16 goals, with
Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen, Phil Neal and Alan Kennedy playing in front of Clemence.
after unprecedented success at Anfield, Ray surprisingly opted to leave the European
Champions to join Spurs in 1981.
(a move later echoed by Peter Schmeichel leaving Man U in 1999).
in 6 seasons at White Hart Lane he won two FA Cups and another UEFA Cup
(although he missed the 1984 Final win).
I believe only Ray, Pat Jennings, Shilton and John Hollins have played over
700 top division games.
the last time I saw Ray play was the 1987 Cup Final defeat to Coventry.
injury meant he finally called it quits by the end of the year.
later Clemence had a long career as goalkeeping coach with England.
his son Stephen also had fine career as a player.
Ray was universally liked in English football and was known for being calm
on the pitch and an affable gent off it.
he was suffering from prostate cancer for many years.
Statement from the station: "She got lucky this time, but remember we only have to be lucky once. She will have to be lucky always."Oops
France's RFI public radio has apologised for mistakenly publishing obituaries for a number of celebrities still very much alive, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Brazilian football legend Pele.www.rte.ie
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