Peter Shilton's career spanned 30 years and he holds the world record for the number of competitive appearances (1005). He began his club career with Leicester in the year of England's only World Cup winning year, 1966 (appropriately, Shilton himself would keep goal when England came closest to regaining the trophy in 1990).
After almost 300 appearances for the Foxes, he moved north to Stoke, where he spent three years before signing for the club with which he tasted the most success, Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest. As a key member of the great Forest side of the late 70s and early 80s, Shilton won one Football League title, two European Cups a European Super Cup and a League Cup. It was to be the pinnacle of the club's history and one that their success starved fans of today look back on with great nostalgia.
He went on to play for another eight teams (most notably Derby County and Southampton) before hanging up his gloves in 1997. For his exploits with Nottingham Forest, he was named PFA Player of the Year in 1978, his sole individual accolade. Shilton is amongst a select few in English football, though, who is possibly best remembered for his international career.
Until being overtaken by David Beckham, he was the most capped England player of all time, with 125 caps. He kept goal in three World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990) and two European Championships (1984, 1988) and shares, with Fabien Barthez, the record number of clean sheets at World Cup Finals' tournaments (10 from 17 appearances). At a time when good, unflappable goalkeepers are at a premium, Peter Shilton is remembered as a true legend of the game and one of the greatest footballers England have ever produced.