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Peter Shilton's Biography

 
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Peter Shilton was born on 18 September 1949 in Leicester.

Peter Shilton played 1,390 times as goalkeeper for eleven clubs during his footballing career, starting with Leicester from 1966-74.

It was followed by stints at Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyll (many games as player/manager), Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers (just one game), Coventry City, West Ham United and Leyton Orient.

Shilton played for England at all levels: schoolboy, youth, Under-23, and full international.

Peter Shilton is England's most-capped player having made 125 appearances (15 as captain). This is arguably an even greater achievement than the stats suggest because he coincided with another quality English goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

Peter Shilton played his first England match against East Germany on 25 November 1970 and his last match around 20 years later against Italy on 7 July 1990.

In his 125 games for England, he conceded only 80 goals, and kept 65 clean sheets.

His international career ended with England's reaching the semi-finals of the 1990 world cup.

Shilton's club career included winning the European Cup twice (1979 and 1980) with Nottingham Forest.

He was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1978, gained an MBE in 1986, and an OBE in 1990.

In his autobiography, Shilton wrote about his fondness for gambling and the huge debts he built up.

The Observer listed one of his exploits as earning Shilton second place on their list of worst examples of footballers behaving badly.

His son Sam Shilton is a professional footballer.

In 2010 Peter Shilton was one of the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing. He was paired with Erin Boag. They were the third couple eliminated.



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