Skegness, 5.8. 1948
Transfer Fee: £18.000 (from Scunthorpe United, June 1967)
Honours: European Cup 76/78, 77/78,
UEFA Cup 72/73, 75/76
European Super Cup 77/78
First Division 72/73, 75/76, 76/77,78/79, 79/80
FA Cup 73/74
League Cup 80/81
Hall of Fame 99
One of the finest goalkeepers in the history of British football, with only Elisha Scott challenging him as Liverpool's best ever, Clemence was voted by BBC listeners in Merseyside's Team of the 20th Century. A native of Skegness, where he was once a deck chair attendant, he was one of the great bargain buys of Anfield history, costing Bill Shankly just £18,000 from Scunthorpe in June 1967.
He succeeded Tommy Lawrence as regular first choice in 1970 and showed exceptional abilities as last line of defence, blending superb shot-stopping with amazing agility and judgement.
Clemence played 61 times for England, less than half the total of his 125-cap contemporary Peter Shilton even though many pundits rated the Liverpool man superior. In the great 1978-79 title-winning campaign, when Bob Paisley's side set a points record of 68 under the old two-points-for-a-win system, ever present Clemence conceded a record low of 16 goals.
After winning 12 major medals at Anfield, and keeping an incredible 335 clean sheets in 665 appearances, Clemence moved on to Tottehnam for £300,000 in 1981, won a second FA Cup medal, was honoured with an MBE and played on almost to his 40th birthday.
(LFC Official website)
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