He is one of the 25 players to have made more than 1,000 appearances in a career. He served as director of the FA Development Team, overseeing the growth of players from under-16 to 21 in the England Youth teams, having previously been part of the backroom staff of the England Senior team.
On 24 June 1967, Clemence was signed by Liverpool manager Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe United for a fee of £ 18,000, made his debut and kept his first clean-sheet at Anfield on 25 September1968 in a League Cup third-round tie, Swansea Town were the visitors and was beaten 2-0.0.
For the next two years, he was nurtured by the reserve team, with the occasional senior appearance, until 1970, at which point he became the first choice goalkeeper of the club.
In 1984, Spurs won the UEFA Cup. By injury, Clemence missed the final against Anderlecht but was on the bench as a backup goalkeeper in a game famously won when Tony Parks saved during the penalty shootout twice.
In 1987, Clemence made it to the fifth FA Cup final, where Spurs lost to Coventry City. He is in a small group of players who have played in five or more finals of the F.A Cup.
In Tottenham’s away match at Norwich in October 1987, Clemence sustained an Achilles tendon injury which forced his retirement from playing in 1988. Clemence joined the Spurs coaching staff shortly after retirement.
The Football Association has announced that former England goalie Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72.
Following the profoundly sad news of the passing of the Liverpool legend, the Clemence family has released a statement. It said, “With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family.
“After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace and in no more pain. The family would like to say a huge thank you, for all the love and support that he’s received over the years.”
“He was loved so much by us all and he will never be forgotten.”
A message from Ray’s family:
“After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace and in no more pain. The family would like to say a huge thank you for the love and support he’s received over the years. He was loved so much by us all and will never be forgotten.” pic.twitter.com/s157vIN3Vg
More sad news today..
RIP Ray Clemence, 72.
One of the greatest goalkeepers in history: 1000+ games incl 61 caps for England, 5 League titles, 3 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 FA Cups. Incredible career, and an absolute gentleman. pic.twitter.com/ZedWg1Xm5w