Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton
Name: Peter Leslie Shilton
Date of Birth: 18th September 1949
Place of Birth: Leicester, England
England Debut: 25th November 1970
Against: East Germany
Final Game: 7th July 1990
Against: Italy
League Club: Leicester City, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, West Ham United, Leyton Orient
Shilton was born in Leicester and educated at King Richard III Boys School in the city.  He played as a schoolboy for Leicester City from 1963 until he signed a professional contract with the senior squad in 1966.  In May 1966 he played his debut match against Everton and was so impressive that the regular goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, was sold not long afterwards to Stoke City
He remained with Leicester City even after relegation from the First Division, but in 1974 he moved to Stoke City for £325,000.  He remained with them until 1977 when he asked for a transfer, and moved to Nottingham Forest after an offer of £250,000.  He had an impressive career with the club, missing just 18 goals in 39 appearances and earning himself the PFA Player of the Year Award
1982 saw a move to Southampton, followed by a spell with Derby County before accepting a position with Plymouth Argyle as player – manager.  Between the years 1995 – 1996 he signed with four clubs, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City and West Ham United, but rarely played a first team game for any of the clubs
In 1996 he signed for his final club, Leyton Orient and remained with them for just one year, reaching his 1000th game target on 22 December 1996 in which he played against Brighton and Hove Albion.  He only played five more matches after reaching this milestone, retiring at the age of 47
Peter Shilton’s England career began with his debut against East Germany in November 1970, a game which England won 3-1.  He found himself the number two choice for goalkeeper, behind Gordon Banks, at the age of 22, but when Banks was tragically involved in a car accident through which he lost the sight in one eye, Shilton became the regular number one, with Ray Clemence who had just been called up from Liverpool as his only real competition

In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Shilton was given captaincy of the England team and they moved through the stages until they met Argentina in the quarter finals.  It was in this match that Shilton jumped to save a ball at the same time as Diego Maradona, who struck the ball with his fist and into the net.  Despite the infringement, Maradona’s goal was allowed and England went out of the competition.  Finally, in 1990, after defeat at the hands of Italy, Shilton announced he was standing down from International football, and ended his career with 125 caps.

Life after football saw Shilton struggle with failing businesses coupled with gambling problems.  More recently he has appeared in television commercials, including one for Mars Bar, the official supplier to the England Team.  He now spends most of his time working as an after dinner speaker.