London (AFP) – Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died on the age of 78 following a long-term sickness, the Premier League membership launched Sunday.
Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ on account of his agility, Bonetti was a mainstay of the west London side for shut on 20 years all by way of the 1960s and 1970s.
“Our former goalkeeper had been affected by long-term sickness,” talked a couple of membership assertion.
“All at Chelsea ought to ship our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Peter’s household and mates.”
Bonetti made 729 appearances for Chelsea, retaining 208 clear sheets in a Blues occupation that began in 1960 and achieved in 1979, his two spells at Stamford Bridge separated by a 1975 stint all by means of the North American Soccer League with the St Louis Stars.
It took till 2014 for Petr Cech to surpass Bonetti’s shut-out report.
All by the meantime solely Bonetti’s former team-mate Ron Harris has made further Chelsea appearances, with the defender collaborating in in 795 video video video video video games for the Blues.
With Bonetti’s occupation overlapping these of Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, he made merely seven appearances for England.
He was a member of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup squad, nonetheless such was Banks’s type he didn’t play by way of the event.
It was not till 2009 that Bonetti acquired a winners’ medal, the foundations on the time which suggests solely the collaborating in XI all by means of the remaining had been so honoured.
Bonetti’s England occupation is destined to be remembered, nonetheless, for one unlucky match on the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
With Banks having suffered a case of meals poisoning, Bonetti was normally normally usually known as up into the side overwhelmed by West Germany all by means of the quarter-finals.
Alf Ramsey’s workforce had been 2-Zero up nonetheless misplaced Three-2, with Bonetti criticised for being at fault for the primary two targets England conceded.
Nonetheless at membership diploma he helped Chelsea win the 1965 League Cup, the 1970 FA Cup — after the Blues beat bitter rivals Leeds United in a remaining that went to a replay — and the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Thought-about considered thought-about one among many pioneers of specialist gloves for goalkeepers, Bonetti furthermore had spells with Dundee United and Woking.
He later turned a goalkeeping coach, working with each Chelsea and the England squad together with Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, Manchester Metropolis and Fulham.