Chelsea goalkeeper legend passes on at 78

first_img “Small for his position on the pitch but with an aura of glamour, he was technically innovative and incredibly plucky. “The Cat, as he was widely known, was the reassuring security among many mavericks in a golden era for Chelsea.” The 6ft stopper was the first goalkeeper to wear gloves when playing and even released his own range which were soon worn by professional and amateur keepers up and down the land. Bonetti won the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the old Second Division during his time at Stamford Bridge. Tributes poured in online as soon as the news broke. Read Also: Ronaldo to remain in Madeira mansion after Juve scrap recall One Blues fan said: “If there was ever a need for a statue outside the ground next to Ossie than this guy is truly worthy of one. “At the time in the 60s and 70s the greatest goalkeeper in Chelsea history.” Another added: “This year keeps getting worse.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea legend Peter Bonetti has sadly died aged 78 after a long battle with illness. The Blues announced the news and sent their condolences to friends and family of ‘The Cat’ as he was fondly known this afternoon. Chelsea legend Peter Bonetti has died aged 78 after a long battle with illness Bonetti was born in Putney just minutes from Stamford Bridge in 1941 and went on to become one of Chelsea’s all time great goalkeepers – playing more than 700 times for the Blues. He played for the West Londoners between 1960 and 1979 – a stint only interrupted by a short spell with the St Louis Stars in the USA in 1975. ‘The Cat’ also won seven England caps but was unfortunate to have competition for the No1 spot from Gordon Banks and later Peter Shilton. After he retired from playing, Bonetti moved into coaching and had a spell back at Chelsea as well as the England national team.He also worked at Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester City. Bonetti was given the ‘Cat’ nickname by fans thanks to his nimble style, razor sharp reflexes and plucky nature. A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club is hugely saddened to announce the passing today of one of our indisputably all-time great players, Peter Bonetti. “Our former goalkeeper had been suffering from long-term illness. “All at Chelsea wish to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends. “Bonetti was a goalkeeping superstar of the 1960s and 1970s. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img