Hall of Fame induction 'so special' - Ray
09 October 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Ray Clemence has spoken about the ‘special feeling’ knowing that his photograph will join the gallery of Spurs greats that make up the Hall of Fame in the tunnel area of White Hart Lane.
The legendary goalkeeper will be inducted on what will be another fantastic evening at the Lane on Thursday, November 20.
Ray will always be remembered for his time at Liverpool where, between 1967-1981, he won everything - the league championship (five times), FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup (three times) and UEFA Cup (twice).
Fans outside N17 may not know that he played another 330 competitive matches 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.
“I came from Liverpool and really wanted to win something at Spurs,” said Ray, back at the Lane to watch our 1-0 win against Southampton on Sunday.
“We had a frustrating time in terms of reaching the League Cup Final only to be beaten in extra time, reaching the semi-final of the European Cup Winners Cup and losing out so to win that FA Cup, albeit after a replay, was special for me, it justified my decision to come down and hopefully I played my part in that successful time at the club.”
Below: Ray celebrates with fans after lifting the FA Cup in 1982
As for his Hall of Fame Dinner, Ray will join his Spurs manager Keith Burkinshaw and team-mates Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Gary Mabbutt, Clive Allen, Paul Allen and Chris Waddle on that famous gallery.
“It’s a special night for me,” added Ray, capped 61 times by England. “I was delighted and very proud to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“You only have to look at the photographs in the tunnel and see some of the players who have been inducted before me, great, great players at this club.
“To be chosen as one of those players and to have my photograph added to those is a special moment and I’m really looking forward to November 20.”
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Below: Ray with fellow goalkeeping great Pat Jennings at the Lane on Sunday