Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died on the age of 78 following a long-term sickness, the Premier League membership introduced Sunday. “All of us at Chelsea Soccer Membership are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our good former goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti, who made an unimaginable 729 appearances for the Blues,” mentioned an announcement on the Blues’ Twitter feed. Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ due to his agility, Bonetti was a mainstay of the west London aspect for shut on 20 years via the 1960s and 1970s.
However along with his profession overlapping with that of goalkeeping greats Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, Bonetti made simply seven appearances for England.
He was a member of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup squad, however such was Banks’s type Bonetti didn’t play in the course of the match.
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 was known as up into the aspect overwhelmed by West Germany within the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Alf Ramsey’s group had been 2-Zero up however misplaced 3-2, with Bonetti criticised for being at fault for the primary two objectives England conceded.
However at membership degree he helped Chelsea win the 1965 League Cup, the 1970 FA Cup — after the Blues beat bitter rivals Leeds United in a ultimate that went to a replay — and the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
One of many pioneers of specialist gloves for goalkeepers, Bonetti later turned a goalkeeping coach, returning to Chelsea and in a while working with the England squad.