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Peter Shilton OBE

Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton was born in Leicester, September 1949. He started training with his local clubLeicester City aged 13. Within four years, Shilton had forced the legendary Gordon Banks’ own departure from Leicester after the teenager gave the club an ultimatum over which goalkeeper should be first choice.

In May 1966, aged 16, Peter Shilton made his debut for Leicester against Everton and his potential was quickly spotted to the extent that the Leicester management sided with their teenage prodigy and sold Banks.

He had impressed England manager Alf Ramsey, which led to Peter making his international debut against East Germany in November 1970.

After 286 appearances, Shilton left Leicester in 1974. He joined Stoke City for £325,000.Stoke were a struggling side, and upon relegation in 1977 Shilton asked for a transfer.

Nottingham Forest made an offer of £250,000, and Shilton signed a month into the new season.

Forest had just been promoted to the First Division and were on-the-up under Brian Clough. They won the League Cup, and then clinched the League Title in their first season back in the first division. Shilton made a save in the clinching 0-0 draw against Coventry City which critics regarded as his greatest ever.

Peter Shilton’s tenure at Nottingham Forest was the most successful of his professional career.

However, in 1982, Shilton left Forest and joined Southampton, where his former international team-mates Kevin Keegan and Alan Ball were both playing.

In 1982, Peter Shilton was a member of the England World Cup Team.

After the ’82 World Cup, Bobby Robson took up the position of the England manager, and Shilton’s international career flourished, playing in Robson’s first ten matches.

At the 1986 World Cup, England made it through to the Quarter Finals against Argentina, a match which would form part of the legend of Shilton’s whole career.

During the match, Argentina captain Diego Maradona began an attack which seemingly broke down on the edge of the England box as Steve Hodge got a foot to the ball. Unfortunately, the ball was sent back towards the penalty area and Maradona, continuing the run from his initial pass, went after it as Shilton came racing out from the net, expecting to out-jump the Argentinean and punch the ball clear. Somehow, Maradona managed to get higher than Shilton and knock the ball into the net. Shilton and his team-mates instantly signalled that Maradona had used his hand – but the referee allowed the goal. Maradona later said the goal was scored by the Hand of God and the tag has stuck to this day.

In June 1989, Peter Shilton broke Bobby Moore’s record of 108 appearances for his country when he won his 109th cap in a friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.

After his 125th appearance for his country, Shilton announced it would be his last. Shilton concentrated on playing for Derby County, whom he joined in the summer of 1987.

In 1992, Shilton accepted an offer to become player-manager of Plymouth Argyle. The club made it to the Second Division play-offs, but lost in the semi finals to Burnley. Peter left in 1993 and announced his intention to start full-time playing again – at the age of 46.

He joined Wimbledon, but didn’t play a game. Played one match for Bolton Wanderers and non-playing spells with Coventry City and West Ham United followed.

Peter Shilton made is 1,000th appearance when he joined Leyton Orient. His thousandth game came against Brighton & Hove Albion, which was screened live on Sky Sports and was preceded by the presentation from the Football League of a special edition of the Guinness Book of Records to Shilton. He played five more matches before retiring on 1005 games at the age of 47.

In a 30-year career which took in eight clubs, three World Cups, two European Cup finals and more than 1,000 competitive matches, Shilton emerged as one of the English game’s genuine legends.

Peter Shilton received the MBE, and later the OBE, during his playing career for services to football. In 1990, following his retirement from international football, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit by the PFA and a year later he received the Football Writers’ Tribute Award. Shilton was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as one of the greatest English goalkeepers.