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Former Chelsea And England Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti Dies At 78

Former Chelsea And England Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died at the age of 78 after a long illness.

Bonetti was described by Chelsea as a “goalkeeping superstar of the 1960s and 1970s” and “one of our indisputably all-time great players”.

He made seven appearances for England featured in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final defeat by West Germany.

He was also part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad but was unused throughout the tournament.

Bonetti made a total of 729 appearances for Chelsea where he won FA Cup final over Leeds United in 1970, League Cup in 1965 and the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971.

Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ by former team-mate Ron Tindall, he was voted runner-up in the 1969-70 Footballer of the Year award.

Only Chelsea captain Ron Harris has made more appearances for the Blues and Bonetti held the most clean sheets record until Petr Cech surpassed him in January 2014.

Apart from Chelsea, Bonetti played briefly for St Louis Stars, Dundee United and Woking FC.

Later in life, he took up a goalkeepers coaching job at Chelsea and England as well as working with Kevin Keegan at Manchester City, Newcastle United and Fulham.

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