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'A class act' - Pat on Ray

Posted on 20 November 2014  - 12:05

Pat Jennings has described Ray Clemence as a goalkeeper 'with no weaknesses'.

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Ray will join Pat and become the 41st player to be inducted into our Hall of Fame at a special ceremony at White Hart Lane tonight (Thursday, November 20).

The pair - alongside Peter Shilton - were seen as world greats of goalkeeping across the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s.

Ray won the lot at Liverpool between 1967-81 - the league championship (five times), FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup (three times) and UEFA Cup (twice) - but went on to make another 333 competitive appearances for us between 1981-87 when injury finally ended a glorious career.

He helped us retain the FA Cup in 1982 in what was a memorable 1981-82 campaign where we reached  the final of the League Cup, only to be beaten by Liverpool in extra time at Wembley and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, this time losing out over two legs to Barcelona. We also finished fourth in Division One.

“Ray was a fantastic goalkeeper,” said Pat, who played 590 times for us between 1964-77 and was inducted into the Hall of Game in October, 2004.

“You only have to look at what he won during his career at Liverpool before coming here and winning trophies as well.

“Ray had no weaknesses, simple as that. All goalkeepers are different and Ray had more or less everything. He was a class act.

“He’s more than welcome into the Hall of Fame. He deserves it. He was a brilliant goalkeeper.”

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