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Peter Bonetti

English footballer

Died when: 78 years 198 days (942 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Peter Bonetti

Peter Philip Bonetti (27 September 1941 – 12 April 2020) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Chelsea, the St.Louis Stars, Dundee United and England.

He was known for his safe handling, lightning reflexes and his graceful style, for which he was given the nickname "The Cat".

He was one of several goalkeepers (Gordon West of Everton was another) who specialised in a one-armed throw which could achieve a similar distance to a drop kick.

Bonetti played seven times for England, but mainly served the team as a back-up to Gordon Banks; he was part of the winning England squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, but did not play.

He belatedly received a winners' medal in 2009, after the Football Association led a successful campaign for non-playing members of the squad to be recognised.

After Banks fell ill before the 1970 FIFA World Cup quarter-final, Bonetti played as England lost 3–2 to West Germany.

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