'We have lost a true legend!': Rush leads tributes to Ray Clemence

‘We have lost a true legend!’: Ian Rush and Jamie Carragher lead tributes to Ray Clemence after former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper dies at the age of 72

  •  Ian Rush and Jamie Carragher have led the tributes to Ray Clemence
  •  Former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Clemence died aged 72
  •  Kenny Dalglish, Peter Reid and David James have also paid tribute to Clemence

Ian Rush has lead the tributes to Ray Clemence after the former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper died at the age of 72.

Clemence won three European Cups and five league titles while at Liverpool and was capped by England on 61 occasions. He was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2005.

Rush wrote: ‘RIP Ray Clemence, we have lost a true legend! It was an honour to know you and to get the chance to play with you! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.’ 

Ian Rush and Jamie Carragher are among those to have paid tribute to Ray Clemence

Another Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, praised Clemence, tweeting: ‘RIP Ray Clemence. An @LFC giant who was also a giant of a man. #YNWA.’ 

Clemence was part of the England coaching setup and worked closely with many goalkeepers, including David James, who wrote: ‘I’m deeply saddened to hear the passing of Ray Clemence. Clem was my coach with @england for more than a decade. A lovely man with a wicked left foot, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall as a kid.

‘Raymond Neal Clemence: August 5th 1948 – November 15th 2020. #YNWA.’ 

Former England international Peter Reid wrote: ‘An absolute legend. RIP Clem.’

Former Liverpool, England and Tottenham goalkeeper Clemence has died at the age of 72

Sir Kenny Daliglish wrote on Twitter: ‘Clem was a fantastic teammate and great to be around. I will never forget how he helped me to settle in at Anfield. Our thoughts are with the Clemence family. RIP Clem.’ 

Ex-Liverpool player Stan Collymore wrote: ‘There are many better photos of Ray Clemence, of triumphs and successes.

‘But there aren’t any better than this grainy screen grab of him running towards the Kop as Spurs keeper.

‘A spontaneous two way expression of respect and appreciation.

‘Rest in peace, Clem.’

A host of stars paid tribute to Clemence, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2005

Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson (centre) described Clemence (right) as his ‘eyes and ears as a team-mate’

Phil Thompson wrote: ‘So sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Clemence my eyes and ears as a team mate,and oh what a keeper,love to Vee and all the family YNWA ‘.

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall described Clemence as: ”A truly top goalkeeper and a lovely gentleman.’

Neil Ruddock, Michael Owen, Pepe Reina and Terry Gibson also paid tribute to Clemence 

Neil Ruddock, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, wrote: ‘Just heard the sad news that the best Goalkeeper I played with and my friend Ray Clemence has passed away, he was such a big influence on my career, I love and thank you RIP Clem xxxxxxxxxx’.

Michael Owen wrote: ‘Sad to hear that today we lost a true goalkeeping great: Played over a 1000 games including 61 caps for England. Won 5 League titles, 3 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and 2 FA Cups. RIP Ray Clemence.’

Ossie Ardiles, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, wrote: ‘So so sad to hear the news of Raymondo passing away. He was a great goalkeeper, wonderful companion, friend. He battled this illness right until the very end. We will miss you. Rest in peace my friend. My family and my thoughts and prayers go out to Vee, her family and friends.’

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina wrote: ‘ A great goalkeeper, a great coach and a great man. Today is the saddest of days for all of us who respected and admired him but his legend will live for ever. Ray Clemence RIP’.

Ex-Tottenham player Terry Gibson wrote: ‘Great sadness to hear the news today that Ray Clemence has passed away, a fighter to the very end. A teammate I was always in awe of & I’ll never forget his trust in me to be on his first ever coaching staff at Barnet FC. My sympathies to Vee & all his family RIP Clem.’

Commentator Clive Tyldesley posted a tribute to Clemence. He said: ‘Ray Clemence was a great footballer and an even greater man. He has been fighting illness for years and years and years but you wouldn’t have known it, he wouldn’t let you see it.

‘He would never let you see how much pain he was in, how many setbacks he faced. His smile wouldn’t let you see that. He was just the most fabulous company. I spoke to him at length yesterday.’  

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