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Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti dies at 78

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Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died at the age of 78 following a long-term illness, the Premier League club introduced Sunday.

“All of us at Chelsea Football Club are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our amazing former goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti, who made an super 729 appearances for the Blues,” stated a declaration on the Blues’ Twitter feed.

Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ due to the fact of his agility, Bonetti used to be a mainstay of the west London aspect for shut on 20 years via the 1960s and 1970s.

But with his profession overlapping with that of goalkeeping greats Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, Bonetti made simply seven appearances for England.

He was once a member of England’s effective 1966 World Cup squad, however such was once Banks’s structure Bonetti did now not play in the course of the tournament.

Bonetti’s England profession is destined to be remembered for one unlucky match 4 years later when, with Banks having suffered a case of meals poisoning, he used to be referred to as up into the aspect beaten by using West Germany in the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Alf Ramsey’s team have been 2-0 up however lost 3-2, with Bonetti criticised for being at fault for the first two desires England conceded.

But at club stage he helped Chelsea win the 1965 League Cup, the 1970 FA Cup — after the Blues beat bitter competitors Leeds United in a ultimate that went to a replay — and the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

One of the pioneers of expert gloves for goalkeepers, Bonetti later grew to become a goalkeeping coach, returning to Chelsea and later on working with the England squad.

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