Charming After Dinner Speaker, Motivational Speaker & Event Host
One of the best goalkeepers England has ever produced
Peter Shilton is one of the best goalkeepers the country has ever seen, having had 25 clean sheets in one season with Nottingham Forest and holding the England record for the most caps at 125. He is a charming after dinner speaker, motivational speaker and event host, with witty and fascinating anecdotes from his life as a footballer.
Peter’s football career started at the age of 13 when he began training with Leicester City. At the age of 16 he made his debut with Leicester’s first team against Everton and by the age of 19 he had made it to the FA Cup final at Wembley, becoming one of the Cup’s youngest goalkeepers in history.
Whilst playing for Leicester City, Peter impressed England Manager Sir Alf Ramsey and he was offered a debut playing for his country, rapidly becoming England’s number two goalkeeper and battling with Ray Clemence for the number one spot. He then joined Stoke City for a short stint of 3 years, before asking to be transferred in an attempt to revive his England career.
In 1977, Peter signed with Nottingham Forest and had some of the most successful moments of his career. In Forest’s first season back in the First Division, they won the league title. It was Peter’s save, which is considered the greatest of his career, that clinched the win and led to him winning the Player of the Year Award. Nottingham Forest then went on to win the European Cup in 1979 and retained this win the following year.
Whilst Peter’s team went from strength to strength, his career with England also picked up. The England Manager, Ron Greenwood began alternating between him and Ray Clemence and in 1982, the FIFA World Cup saw Peter as England’s number one.
It was in the 1986 World Cup that Peter experienced another one of the most famous moments of his career. The ‘Hand of God’ goal by Diego Maradona in the quarter-final led to England losing the World Cup. His last match with England was at the World Cup in 1990, after which he retired with an England record of 125 caps.
In 1992, Peter turned his skills to managing football teams, taking on a position as player manager at Plymouth Argyle until 1994, when he decided to return to football to reach his 1,000th match at the age of 46. He joined Leyton Orient in 1996, reaching 1005 league games and landing a spot in the Guinness World Records before retiring for good at 47.
Throughout his career Peter has achieved many awards including an MBE, an OBE, the Football Writers Tribute Award and the Order of Merit by the PFA and in 2002 he was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.
Peter is now a successful after dinner and motivational speaker and event host, bringing fantastic insight into the world of football with humour and enthusiasm.