Peter Bonetti

Former Chelsea Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti Dies Aged 78 after battle with long-term illness

Fomer Chelsea and England goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti has died at the age of 78 after battle with long-term illness.

The Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ because of his agility, Bonetti was a mainstay of the west London side for close on 20 years through the 1960s and 1970s.

The late Goalkeeper, played more than 700 times for Chelsea over two spells between 1960 and 1979 and was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad but missed out on a medal as he did not play in the tournament.

Bonetti held the record for the most clean sheets as a Chelsea goalkeeper until January 2014, when Petr Cech surpassed him.

He helped the Blues win the League Cup, FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge, as well as achieving promotion from the Second Division back into the top flight in both 1963 and 1977.

He played in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final against West Germany after Banks was struck down by food poisoning, as the holders were beaten 3-2 in Mexico.

He was also one of the first goalkeepers to wear gloves – initally sporting gardening gloves during matches. Bonetti later became a goalkeeping coach, returning to Chelsea and later on working with the England squad.