One, two, three…


Stirling Moss, Tim Brooke-Taylor and now Peter Bonetti, all in the same day,  as awful a cull at once as any we experienced in 2016.

Though he was a truly great goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti was doomed to be remembered, by those of us who were not Chelsea fans in 1970, for coming into the England team for the quarter-final of the World Cup against West Germany. After conceding only one goal in his first six appearances for England, Bonetti conceded three, as England slipped from a seemingly impregnable 2-0 lead. He never played for England again.

It’s unfair to him, but that is the memory. It can haunt him no longer.

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