Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence, dies aged 72

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72, the Football Association has announced.

Clemence, who won three European Cups and five First Division titles during a trophy-laden spell at Anfield, was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.

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L-R: Brian Hall, Larry LLoyd, Tommy Smith, Alec Lindsay and Ray Clemence all Liverpool (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Liverpool's goal keeper Ray Clemence, Circa July 1968. (Photo by Varley/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Liverpool squad 1969-70: (back row, l-r) Geoff Strong, Ray Clemence, Tommy Lawrence, Gerry Byrne; (middle row, l-r) Bobby Graham, Tony Hateley, Peter Wall, Ian Ross, Alf Arrowsmith, Peter Thompson; (front row, l-r) Ian Callaghan, Emlyn Hughes, Roger Hunt, Ron Yeats, Ian St John, Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Ray Clemence, England goalkeeper (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Tommy Smith (r) grabs goalkeeper Ray Clemence (l) as the ball drifts wide of the goal (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - UNDATED: (THE SUN OUT) Ray Clemence of Liverpool makes a dramatic dive during an English League Division One match between Manchester City and Liverpool in the 1970's at Maine Road, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence celebrates the equalizing goal (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence dives at the feet of Tottenham Hotspur's Alan Gilzean (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
English goalkeeper Ray Clemence of Liverpool FC, UK, 13th November 1972. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Liverpool 2 v Manchester City 0 First Division one match at Anfield. Liverpool's Ray Clemence in action. 12th August 1972. (Photo by Alfred Markey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence with the trophy (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
English footballers Ray Clemence (left) and Peter Shilton training with the England team, UK, 23rd January 1973. (Photo by Norman Quicke/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The two managers, Leeds United's Brian Clough (l) and Liverpool's Bill Shankly (second l), lead their teams out before the match. Following them are the two captains, Leeds United's Billy Bremner (behind Shankly) and Liverpool's Emlyn Hughes (fourth l), carrying the trophies won by their teams the previous season. Also seen are Leeds United's David Harvey (third l), Paul Reaney (fifth r), Johnny Giles (third r) and Norman Hunter (second r), and Liverpool's Ray Clemence (fourth r) and Alec Lindsay (r) (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Ray Clemence, England goalkeeper (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
(L-R) Liverpool's Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and goalkeeper Ray Clemence celebrate with the FA Cup after their 3-0 victory (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Ray Clemence collects the ball as Manchester City's Mike Doyle looks on (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
(L-R) Liverpool's Kevin Keegan kisses teammate Ray Clemence in celebration after their 3-1 win (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
European Cup Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Liverpool 3 v Borussia Moenchengladbach 1. Liverpool players celebrate their first European title with victoRy over the German side. Holding the trophy is Ray Kennedy flanked by teammates Alec Lindsay (left) and goalkeeper Ray Clemence, 25th May 1977. (Photo by Monte Fresco/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 26: (THE SUN OUT) (from left to right) Phil Neal, Steve Heighway, Ray Clemence, Tommy Smith show the First Division Championship trophy (The Old Lady) to the fans as Liverpool FC celebrate winning the European Cup outside Picton Library on May 26, 1977 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 02: England and Liverpool team mates Ray Clemence (l) and Ray Kennedy pictured at an England training session circa 1977. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)
5th September 1977: English team players in training for a match against Switzerland. L to R Ian Callaghan, Terry McDermott, Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Ray Kennedy and Emlyn Hughes. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Dave Sexton (r) leads his team out, next to Liverpool manager Bob Paisley (second r), who is followed by (r-l) Emlyn Hughes, Ray Clemence, Terry McDermott, David Fairclough and Ian Callagahan (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Ray Clemence celebrates with the European Cup (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
WEMBLEY. UK. 18.03.1978 League Cup final and Liverpool players walk out at Wembley for the League Cup final v Derby County. Emlyn Hughes (captain) and Ray Clemence (goalkeeper) share a joke with theDerby County players. (Photo by Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
England Goalkeeper Ray Clemence, arrives in Sydney for World Cup T.V. Coverage.L to R: As in interview room Julie, 3, Ray Clemence, 28, Sarah, 4, Wife Veronica, 29, and Eight weeks old Stephen. May 30, 1978. (Photo by Antony Matheus Linsen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Enthusiastic Liverpool fans gathered in the city centre, to welcome their team home from Wembley after their victory in the European Cup Final. The team parade the famous trophy to thousands of fans gathered in the streets with an open top bus parade through the city centre. Left to right are: Alan Hansen, David Fairclough, Emlyn Hughes, Kenny Dalglish and Ray Clemence as the buss makes its way along Queens Drive, 11th May 1978. (Photo by Tony Kenwright/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
England team group (left-right); back row: Dave Watson, Phil Thompson, Ray Clemence, Glenn Hoddle, Viv Anderson, Trevor Brooking; front row: Terry McDermott, Kevin Keegan, Tony Woodcock, Ray Wilkins, Mick Mills (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence throws the ball out (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Fußball - Europapokal der Landesmeister - 1980/1981 - FC Bayern München vs. FC Liverpool 1:1 - 22. April 1981 - Liverpools Torwart Ray Clemence jubelt. (Photo by Frank Leonhardt/picture alliance via Getty Images)
1981: England's Ray Clemence (r) and Socrates of Brazil leading their respective teams out before the soccer international at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
BILBAO, SPAIN - JUNE 11: (THE SUN OUT) (from L to R) England team members Kevin Keegan, Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson pose during the official England World Cup squad photocall held on June 11, 1982 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo: Steve Hale/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
The substitutes' bench during England's World Cup match against Spain in Madrid. (Left to Right) Goalkeeper Ray Clemence, injured captain Kevin Keegan, Glenn Hoddle and Trevor Brooking. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotsputs's goalkeeper Ray Clemence concentrating during a match against Leicester City. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham's Ray Clemence and Chelsea captain Colin Pates before the game. (Photo by Hugh Hastings/Chelsea FC/Press Association Image) (Photo by Hugh Hastings/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Newcastle, League match at White Hart Lane, Saturday 7th September 1985. Ray Clemence, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Goalkeeper, is presented with a decanter set to mark his 1, 00th senior appearance in Division One, by fellow goalkeeper Pat Jennings. (Photo by Monte Fresco/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Keith Houchen of Coventry City heads in the second goal past goalkeeper Ray Clemence of Tottenham Hotspur during the F.A Cup Final on 16 May 1987 at Wembley Stadium in London, Great Britain. (Photo by David CannonGetty Images)
Ray Clemence, Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman (Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Glenn Hoddle Manager of England and Ray Clemence (Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence (left) and captain Alan Shearer (right) (Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS via Getty Images)
England's caretaker manager Peter Taylor (c) with coach Ray Clemence (r) and assistant Steve McClaren (r) (Photo by Nick Potts/EMPICS via Getty Images)
L-R: England's goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence, coach Sammy Lee, coach Steve McClaren and manager Sven Goran Eriksson observe the National anthem (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Ray Clemence and Jimmy Hill; TheSparks Golf Dinner held at the Chancery Court Hotel London ,; 28th February 2007; 19663; Only; (Photo by Jules Annan/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Ian Rush, guest, Joe Royle and Ray Clemence during FA Cup Legends Lunch - Departures at Savoy in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Martin Doyle/FilmMagic)
Ray Clemence, England goalkeeping coach (Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images)
England's manager Fabio Capello with goalkeeping coaches Franco Tancredi (centre) and Ray Clemence (right) at todays session at London Colney (Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images)
FA director of football development Trevor Brooking (right) and coach Ray Clemence in the stands (Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images)
Former goalkeeper Ray Clemence (left) shakes the hand of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane.
Retired goalkeepers (left to right) Pat Jennings, Ray Clemence and David Seaman at the funeral service for Gordon Banks at Stoke Minster. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ray Clemence's daughter Sarah cuts open a ribbon held by his grandchildren Harry, Lilly, Freddie and Claudia in front new mural of the former Liverpool goalkeeper in Wylva Road near Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

He won 61 England caps, which would undoubtedly have been many more had he not been competing with Peter Shilton, who accumulated 125, for the number one shirt.

An £18,000 signing from Scunthorpe by Bill Shankly, Clemence was a key member of the Liverpool team which dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, and also picked up two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup.

At Tottenham, whom he joined in 1981 aged 32 for a fee of £300,000, he won another UEFA Cup and FA Cup.

Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former player himself and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and has been battling the disease for 15 years.

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