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Ray Clemence

1981 - 1987

No matter what he achieved with us, Ray Clemence will always be remembered for his medal-laden spell at Liverpool.

That's no surprise considering he won virtually every honour in the game at Anfield and was part of one of the greatest club sides in football history. What is less acknowledged is his time at White Hart Lane.

Capped 61 times by England, Clemence played over 300 games in all competitions at White Hart Lane and was twice in teams that went for glory on all three domestic fronts.

"I had to move to a big club, a club with a chance of winning things," said Clemence, now national goalkeeping coach at the Football Association.

"I'd won everything at Liverpool and didn't want to move to somewhere where I would just be seeing out my time. I still wanted to challenge in the league, the cups and in Europe."

He did just that. In his first season, 1981-82, we lost out to Liverpool in the League Cup Final, reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup and finished fourth in Division One before winning the FA Cup for the second-successive year.

Then, in 1986-87, we were third in Division One, beaten semi-finalists in the League Cup and beaten finalists in the FA Cup.

"We had great players in 1986-87 and a system that suited us," Clemence recalled. "Clive Allen scored plenty of goals, Glenn Hoddle had a free role to weave his magic, four midfielders who all knew their jobs and a tight defence. We had all the ingredients."

Unfortunately, the side didn't stay together and shortly into 1987-88, Clemence suffered an Achilles injury which would end his glorious career.

"I still believe if I had stayed fit, I would have played for another two seasons but I can't complain. I was nearly 40 when I retired and I'd had a good career."

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Ray Clemence
League Appearances
240
League Goals
0
League Cup Appearances
38
League Cup Goals
0
FA Cup Appearances
25
FA Cup Goals
0
European Appearances
27
European Goals
0