Ray Clemence is the former Liverpool Football Club goalkeeper who is recognised as the safest pair of hands the team has ever had. In the 1978-79 season, consisting of 42 games, the highly popular motivational speaker let in just 16 goals.
Clemence signed for Liverpool in 1967 and made his league debut the following year. In all, he made 665 appearances for the club and played for England 61 times. He would’ve won more caps for his country if it wasn’t for the fact that he was competing against fellow motivational speaker Peter Shilton, who was in equally scintillating form.
According to the official website of Liverpool FC, “Clem inspired confidence in those around him” and he went on to do the same wherever he operated. After leaving Liverpool, Ray played for Tottenham Hotspur for seven years and upon his retirement through injury he worked as a member of the backroom staff at Tottenham and for England. He found himself coaching youngsters from under 16 years old to under-21s and he was regularly seen on the England benches preparing and encouraging players to give it their all on the pitch.
It was while he was working for England, whose manager at the time was Sven-Goran Eriksson, that Ray Clemence – who was given an MBE for his services to sport – revealed that he had prostate cancer. As a motivational speaker, Ray tells audiences not only of his escapades on the football pitch but also of his battle against the killer disease.
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