England, Liverpool Legend Ray Clemence dies at 72
By: Denis Kayongo. Ray Clemence won Five league titles, three European Cups and three Uefa Cup plus two FA Cup wins and a League Cup medal as well.
Ray Clemence was part of the squad that ended the Three Lions’ ten-year absence from major finals and 12-year wait to get back on the biggest stage of all in 1982. He was Capable of the critical saves, but also a keeper whose mistakes could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Clemence grew up wanting to be a centre-forward, a change of path at the age of 15 led him onto the books of local club Scunthorpe by the age of 17. He made himself first choice for The Iron before Bill Shankly and Liverpool came calling in 1967.
Shankly was building the first great Liverpool side. Clemence was integral to it. Indeed, his penalty save from future Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes in the first leg of the 1973 Uefa Cup final against Borussia Monchengladbach was the pivotal moment of a tie Liverpool won 3-2 on aggregate. Without the save they would have lost on the away goals rule.
That season also saw the first of Clemence’s five league crowns with the five titles in just eight seasons, but also saw the Merseysiders dominate Europe.
Clemence left Liverpool and he joined Spurs in 1977 but in 1982, Spurs lost to Liverpool in a League cup final at Wembley. Clemence spent seven years at Spurs before being forced to retire through injury, his last silverware as a non-playing substitute in the 1984 Uefa Cup final, won against Anderlecht on penalties.
Clemence was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1987 for his services to football. In his latter years, Clemence came through two battles with cancer, the second, in 2013, forcing him to retire.
May His Soul Rest In Internal Peace. The Legendary England Goalkeeper (Ray Clemence)