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In 1992, Peter, now 42, accepted a position as player-manager of Plymouth Argyle. Managing the club until 1994 Peter decided he was anxious to reach the 1,000 match mark and at the age of 46 he decided to return to playing football.

Joining Leyton Orient in December 1996 he was able to fulfil this wish, entering into the Guinness Book of Records for playing in 1,005 league games. He retired from professional football aged 47.

During his playing career, Peter received the MBE and OBE for services to football and following his retirement from international football, he was awarded both the Football Writers Tribute Award and the prestigious Order of Merit by the PFA.

In 2002, Peter’s fame as one of the greatest English goalkeepers of all time was sealed as he was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.

Peter has now carved out a new, just as successful career for himself as an impressive after dinner and motivational speaker, as well as an event host. Now available through Champions (UK) Plc for bookings, Peter brings his expertise, enthusiastic personality and charisma to numerous occasions, entertaining guests throughout many events.

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One of the most famous moments in Peter’s career occurred in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

England made a slow start to the tournament, and needed to beat Poland in their final group game to progress. With Bryan Robson injured and Ray Wilkins suspended, Peter was handed the England captaincy, an honour which to this day still humbles him. England found their form, and comfortably beat Poland 3-0, progressing to play Paraguay in the second round.

After despatching them with another 3-0 result, England then faced a quarter final showdown with Maradona’s Argentina, and a match that would become legendary in World Cup history.

Maradona had been on fire so far in the tournament, but England managed to minimise his influence in the first half. However, early in the second half, an attempted clearance skewed back towards the England penalty area, and Maradona used his hand to outreach Peter and punch the ball into the net, and offence inexplicably missed by the referee. Despite England’s protests led by Peter, the goal stood, and Maradona went on the score a second goal, his amazing solo effort. England bravely battled back, with Gary Lineker scoring and going agonisingly close to an equaliser, but it was not to be, and the match ended 2-1 to Argentina.

Peter continued to play with England until the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where England were again unlucky, this time losing on penalties against Germany in the semi final.

After that match Peter finally retired with an amazing 125 caps to his name, an England record that still stands today.

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Signing for Nottingham Forest a month into the new season, Peter found himself under the management of Brian Clough. His time at Nottingham Forest would become the most successful of his professional football career.

In their first season back in the First Division, Forest won the League title, a massive achievement for the club. Peter’s dramatic save in the 0-0 draw against Coventry City, a result that clinched the title, is considered to be the greatest save of his career, and contributed to his fellow professionals awarding him the PFA Player of the Year award.

In 1979, Forest reached the pinnacle of European club football, winning the European Cup by beating Malmö 1-0 in Munich’s Olympic Stadium. They went on to retain the trophy the following year, an outstanding performance by Peter helping to beat SV Hamburg 1-0 in Madrid.

Peter’s England career progressed rapidly while with Forest, as Ron Greenwood, now the England manager, started alternating between Peter and Ray Clemence as goalkeeper. This controversial policy highlights just how much of an achievement Peter’s final total of 125 caps is, with David Beckham 10 caps behind on 115, a total which, unlike Peter’s, contains a number of substitute appearances. One can only imagine how many caps Peter would have won had Greenwood settled on him as his first choice goalkeeper earlier, as many people, such as Brian Clough, felt he should have.

The 1982 FIFA World Cup saw Peter finally established as England’s number one.

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While with Leicester City, Peter impressed England manager Sir Alf Ramsey enough for him to be offered a debut playing for his country against East Germany, an honour Peter had dreamt about since the age of 8. After this game, at 22, Peter was able to regard himself as his country’s number two goalkeeper.

In October 1972, the England number one, Gordon Banks, had his career cut short by a car crash which damaged his eyesight. Peter was thrust into the limelight, battling with Ray Clemence for the coveted number one shirt. The next few years were more difficult for Peter as Clemence was offered more England games while Peter was left at home. In 1977, after a brief stint with Stoke City, Peter asked for a transfer in the hope of reviving his England career.

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Peter Shilton was born on the 18th September 1949 in Leicester, England. His career in football started early when, at the tender age of 13, he started training at schoolboy level with Leicester City. In May 1966, 16 year old Shilton made his debut with the Leicester first team against Everton, a move resulting in Leicester’s first team goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, being sold to Stoke City a short while later.

Peter settled into life as a first team member, making it to the FA Cup final at Wembley aged 19, and becoming one of the Cup’s youngest ever goalkeepers.

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