Tributes pour in for Ray Clemence after legendary England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper dies aged 72

TRIBUTES from the football world have poured in for Ray Clemence, who has died at the age of 72.

Jurgen Klopp, Peter Shilton, Bob Wilson, and David James were among the names who paid their respects following the sad news.

Klopp said: “We should never forget it is great players who make great teams and clubs. You only need to listen to the legends of LFC from his era to understand his significance. 

“They say it better than I ever could, that Ray Clemence is one of the reasons our club is such a special one all these years later. He was one of the foundation stones that so much of this club’s success was built on.

“Our feeling in this moment is of course overwhelmingly sadness, but it is also appreciation. Our fans will remember with fondness an extraordinary player and a wonderful person who contributed so much to Liverpool Football Club.”

Shilton took to Twitter and wrote: "I’m absolutely devastated to be told of the sad news that @RayClem1 has just passed away we were rivals but good friends Ray was a brilliant goalkeeper with a terrific sense of humour I will miss him a great deal as we’ve kept friends long after retiring RIP my friend."

Earlier, his family released a statement after he 'passed away peacefully'.

Clemence leaves behind his wife Veronica, daughters Julie and Sarah and son Stephen, who is a former Tottenham player and current coach at Newcastle.

The Clemence family confirmed following the deeply sad news of the passing of the Liverpool legend.

A statement read: "With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving 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."

The Skegness-born star played for Scunthorpe, Liverpool and Tottenham during an illustrious 23-year career.

During that time he also represented England 61 times, captaining his country.

He famously engaged with fellow Three Lions legend Peter Shilton for the spot between the sticks during the 1980s.

In 1987, he was appointed an MBE for services to football.

After retiring the following year through injury, Clemence joined the Spurs coaching staff.

He managed the senior side along with Doug Livermore in the 1992/93, and also went on to manage Barnet.

But it was his coaching and development roles with England that Clemence will be fondly remembered by.

He joined Glenn Hoddle's team in 1996 as goalkeeping coach, and took up several roles over the years before retiring from football in 2013.

Clemence was an ambassador with Prostate Cancer UK and spoke to the organisation about how he was living with the illness.

He told the organisation back in 2018: "It came out of nothing, really. When I went to the toilet, the flow of urine wasn’t as strong as it used to be and I never felt like I emptied my bladder.

"I was a coach with the England team at the time so I spoke to the physio, and he immediately said I should get a PSA test as I was over 50.

"When you first hear the word ‘cancer’ you think 'oh my God, this is a big problem'. But after that initial shock you think about how you’re going to deal with it.

"I’m very fortunate that I have a very strong wife who has suffered me for 46 years. She knows me inside out and had cancer herself 19 years ago and came through it.

"I also have three fantastic kids, who have always supported me. They’re strong, so I was honest with them from the start and they know everything that’s going on in terms of my treatments."

During his playing career Clemence won five league titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, three European Cups and two Uefa Cups with Liverpool.

With Spurs he added another FA Cup and another Uefa Cup to his collection.

And the North London club were one of many to post their tributes to Clemence on Sunday.

Tottenham stated: "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."

The England national team Twitter posted: "We are extremely saddened to learn that former Three Lions goalkeeper and coach Ray Clemence has passed away at the age of 72.

"All of our thoughts are with Ray’s family, friends and former clubs at this time."

First club Scunthorpe said: "Scunthorpe United Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of vice president and former goalkeeper Ray Clemence MBE at the age of 72. The thoughts of all at the club are with Ray's family at this sad time."

Liverpool released a statement that 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. Rest in peace, Ray Clemence 1948-2020."

Peter Shilton commented: "I’m absolutely devastated to be told of the sad news that Ray Clemence has just passed away we were rivals but good friends Ray was a brilliant goalkeeper with a terrific sense of humour I will miss him a great deal as we’ve kept friends long after retiring RIP my friend."

Reds legend Jamie Carragher wrote online: "RIP Ray Clemence. An LFC giant who was also a giant of a man."

Fellow former England star David James tweeted: "I'm deeply saddened to hear the passing of Ray Clemence. Clem was my coach with England for more than a decade. A lovely man with a wicked left foot, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall as a kid."

Mark Lawrenson wrote online: "Yet another Top Player/Bloke has left us ..Ray Clemence(Clem) Passed away today…Much Love to V & Family…..RIP CLEM……"

Ian Rush stated: "RIP Ray Clemence, we have lost a true legend! It was an honour to know you and to get the chance to play with you! My thoughts and prayers are with your family."

Former team-mate Phil Thompson wrote: "So sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Clemence my eyes and ears as a team mate,and oh what a keeper, love to Vee and all the family YNWA."

Retired goalkeeper Neville Southall posted online: "RIP Ray Clemence. A truly top goalkeeper and a lovely gentleman."

Neil Ruddock added: "Just heard the sad news that the best goalkeeper I played with and my friend Ray Clemence has passed away, he was such a big influence on my career, I love and thank you RIP Clem."

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