19 Peter Shilton Quotes Leicester And Nottingham Forest Fans Will Love

England's number one with his words of wisdom
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England's number one with his words of wisdom

19. On the Hand of God: “I was as close as anyone and I saw Maradona use his hand. A team relies on the officials to get things right and they let us down.”

18. On how he became a goalkeeper: “When I was a kid, football was part of life. It wasn’t that I wanted to be rich or famous; I just wanted to be out there in the park or in the street, kicking a ball around. I always seemed to be able to find a few lads to have a game, because I didn’t mind being in goal. Back then, nobody wanted to be in goal.”

17. On keeping the mind healthy: “Being fit will keep you mentally sharp and people forget that.”

16. On the finest boss England never had: “I was involved in the game for more than 30 years, but I don’t think I ever came across anyone else like Brian Clough. When he and Peter Taylor got it right, they were like a couple of magicians. He would have made a great England manager.”

15. On having no regrets: “The money is in a different league these days, of course, but I have special memories of the 60s and 70s which players today don't have. There wasn't the same celebrity attitude and media exposure. We had a bit more freedom.”

14. On his international wilderness years under Don Revie: “Revie said there was nothing between me and Ray yet he never gave me a chance to show what I could do.”

13. On where his allegiances lie: “Leicester are my home-town club. I was 10-years old watching them on the terraces. I trained from the age of 10 at the club, signed as an apprentice at 15, made my début at 16 and I think I am still the youngest player to play for them. So Leicester is always going to be the club I support.”

12. On the current England goalkeeper: “Hart makes a few too many mistakes for a top-level keeper and some of that might be down to technique.”

11. On conceding all five penalties in the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout: “I think in Euro 96 the Germans scored five out of five against David Seaman. They're just the best in the world. As a goalkeeper you need a bit of a chance. You need somebody to mishit a penalty a bit, but they all flew into the corner.”

10. On the secret of his success: “I played for 30 years, 20 with England and I did it by setting goals.”

9. On what it takes to be a number one: “As a goalkeeper you need to be good at organising the people in front of you and motivating them. You need to see what's going on and react to the threats.”

8. On how he could have won 186 caps: “I feel very proud to have played 125 times for England, and it could have been quite a few more if my old friend and rival Ray Clemence hadn't been around.”

7. On the reality of being a goalkeeper: “When you are a goalkeeper, you are very lucky if you are remembered for great saves or great games. Over a period of time, saves get forgotten and you become remembered for the not-so-good moments.”

6. On the reality of being a manager: “Sometimes when a manager's been at the same club for years, he's no worse than he was but all the players have heard it all before.”

5. On signing for Clough from Stoke: “We hung outside his office for 10 minutes or so before someone informed us, 'Mr Clough is ready to see you now.’ Jon and Jeff went in first and I was slack-jawed to see them both go sprawling across the floor. Clough had been hiding to one side of the door and as they entered he had angled a squash racquet across their path and tripped them both up.”

4. On the good old days: “After training with England, the whole team used to nip down to the local in north London on Sunday evening – Kevin Keegan, Glenn Hoddle, all that lot. We’d have a few pints and a laugh.”

3. On meeting Diego Maradona: “I’ve been invited to see him, go on TV shows and things like that and I have always said I will meet Maradona if he wants to apologise and I will shake his hand and we can put water under the bridge – but it has never happened.”

2. On his greatest ever save: “We were 1-0 up with ten minutes to go and it was a shot from Kenny Dalglish, I was going with my left arm but I realised I wasn't going to get there so I brought my right arm over and I just managed to push it away. There is a photo of that with the ball right in my hand which is on the front-cover of my autobiography.”

1. On the importance of moving forward: “If you stand still there is only one way to go, and that's backwards.”

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