Ray Clemence, Liverpool’s greatest ever goalkeeper, has died at the age of 72.
A five-time league champion and three-time European Cup winner, Clemence was an unmovable object between the sticks at the height of the Reds’ dominance at home and abroad.
He was one of the finest ‘keepers of his generation and won 61 caps for England, while he also tasted FA Cup and UEFA Cup success with Tottenham.
“With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family,” said a statement from the Clemence family.
“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.”
Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former player himself and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.
Clemence’s former clubs Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as England, were among those to pay tribute to him this evening.
A Liverpool statement read: “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.”
Tottenham posted: “We are deeply saddened to report the passing of legendary former goalkeeper Ray Clemence. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ray’s family and many friends throughout the game at this sad time.”