Liverpool, Tottenham and England legend Ray Clemence dies aged 72

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Liverpool, Tottenham and England legend Ray Clemence has passed away at the age of 72

A family statement read: “After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace and in no more pain.

"The family would like to say a huge thank you for all the love and support that he’s received over the years. He was loved so much by us all and he will never be forgotten.”

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Ray's family and many friends throughout the game at this sad time."

Capped 61 times by England between 1972 and 1983, Ray is one of only 25 players to have made over 1,000 career appearances over spells with Scunthorpe United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

An official Spurs statement reads: "We are deeply saddened to report the passing of legendary former goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

"One of the greatest goalkeepers ever to grace the game, Ray joined us from Liverpool as a five-time league champion and three-time European Cup winner in 1981, having also lifted the FA Cup, League Cup and two UEFA Cups during his time at Anfield.

"Upon his arrival at Spurs, Ray went on to clock up 330 competitive appearances for us through until 1987, helping us retain the FA Cup in 1982 in what was a memorable 1981/82 campaign where we reached the final of the League Cup, only to be beaten by Liverpool in extra-time at Wembley, and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup."

The official Liverpool account wrote: "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.

"Rest in peace, Ray Clemence 1948-2020."

Ray was appointed an MBE for services to football in the 1987 Birthday Honours and his son Stephen played as a midfielder for Leicester City.

The legend announced in 2005 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, after fellow England coach Brian Kidd was diagnosed with the disease.

Ray had also spent time as a manager with both Tottenham and Barnet, as well as being head of the F.A's Development Team until he retired in 2013.

  • Liverpool FC
  • England Football Team
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC

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