15 Nov 2020


The League Managers Association is deeply saddened by the passing of LMA member Ray Clemence MBE.

Ray was one of English football’s most respected goalkeepers, who enjoyed a 47-year career in the professional game. He began in goal at Scunthorpe United before moving to Liverpool, where he won 13 titles over a 14-year period and built his reputation as one of the world’s best players.

In 1981, Ray moved to Tottenham Hotspur where he would continue to win domestic and continental honours. He retired as a player in 1988, with 15 career titles and 61 England caps, and made the transition into coaching at Spurs.

Ray’s talent and passion for coaching was evident. After a spell as joint first-team coach alongside Doug Livermore at Tottenham and later taking the reins at Barnet, initially as joint-manager alongside Gary Phillips, Ray joined the backroom staff of the England senior team under Glenn Hoddle. He continued in his role with The FA under Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson and Steve McClaren. After a brief hiatus from coaching, Ray returned to The FA in the role of Head of National Teams, also working alongside Roy Hodgson, before retiring in 2013.

In 2005, Ray revealed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has since had a remarkable impact as an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, helping to raise significant funds and increase awareness of the disease and its treatments.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, who worked with Ray during his time at The FA, said: “My long association with England’s teams, through working with Ron Greenwood, Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan and as Technical Director of The FA, provided me with the opportunity to get to know Ray Clemence. His world-class talent as a goalkeeper and a coach was there for all to see. I consider it my good fortune to have known Ray, not just as a colleague but as a friend, and I have to say that was a real privilege. Ray will be very sorely missed.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Ray’s contribution to the English game was immense, as a player and a coach. He was a stalwart of the England national teams across junior and senior levels, sharing his incredible experience with a generation of the country’s finest talent. He was a football man through and through and deeply respected by all within the coaching fraternity.

“The LMA mourns the passing of a true England legend and our heartfelt condolences go to Ray’s family and friends.”