Sixth in the all-time official appearance records in world football, Ray Clemence made 1,118 appearances for club and country between 1965 and 1988, putting him behind only the likes of fellow goalkeeper’s Peter Shilton and Iker Casillas, as well as Rogerio Ceni, Xavi and Roberto Carlos.
Only 25 players in the history of football have appeared over 1000 times, making Clemence’s achievements even more remarkable. And to top it off, Clemence missed just six matches in 11 years for the Reds.
Clemence’s career began with Scunthorpe United after he’d spent much of his youth career with Notts County. He made his debut for the club in 1965 and made 48 appearances before he came to the attention of Liverpool FC manager, Bill Shankly. He was signed for a fee of £18,000 as an 18-year-old in 1967.
After plying his trade as part of Liverpool’s reserve team for a couple of years, Clemence assumed the number one shirt for the 1970 season, where he became an ever-present between the sticks as the club embarked on a period of domination in English football.
During this time, Clemence helped the club to five Football League First Division titles, three of the club’s six European Cups, as well as the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup twice, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield on five occasions.
Clemence made the last of 470 competitive appearances for Liverpool in the European Cup win over Madrid in 1981 to win the trophy for the third time. The Liverpool FC official website still says: “Ray Clemence is, without doubt, the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for Liverpool“. He left for a £300,000 fee for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981, where he would again become a club legend.
At Spurs, Clemence helped the club to win the FA Cup in his first season, adding the FA Charity Shield the same year before winning the UEFA Cup in the 1983-84 season. He was also a regular with England at international level, but due to him sharing the number one shirt with another great goalkeeper, Peter Shilton he would make fewer appearances than he would have liked. However, Clemence became the first goalkeeper since Frank Swift to captain England.
Upon his retirement, Clemence would assume managerial roles with Tottenham Hotspur and Barnet as well as a high-profile coaching roles with the England team. He would hold the role of goalkeeping coach under five different England managers including Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren. He retired from both his role as Head of the Development Team at the FA and the England goalkeeping coach in 2013, after close to two decades.
An extremely engaging after dinner football speaker who offers a multitude of anecdotes from six decades of English football. From his playing days through to his coaching days, Clemence can make your corporate, sporting or charity event a memorable one.
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When at corporate events, Ray is known to cover the following topics:
- Football Speaker
- The Premier League
- International Football
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Sporting Success
- Playing for England