Petr Cech and Ron Harris, two former goalkeepers of Chelsea, have joined the footballing world in paying tributes to late England and Chelsea goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti.
Mr. Bonetti, according to Chelsea, died on April 12, aged 78.
Following his passing, Petr Cech and Ron Harris have been paying tribute to one of our indisputably all-time great players, Chelsea says in a statement on its official website.
Cech is the one goalkeeper to have kept more clean sheets for the Blues than Bonetti, while only Harris has played more games in the club’s history, and both men have reflected on the remarkable playing achievements of ‘the Cat’, as well as his warmth and kindness off the pitch, it says.
‘It’s really sad news for everybody involved in Chelsea Football Club,’ said Cech. ‘We send our condolences to his family and all the people who knew him. Peter was an absolute legend for the club on and off the pitch and that’s how he’ll be remembered,’ says Cech.
Bonetti made his Chelsea debut 44 years prior to Cech at a time when the club were fighting to regain our standing in the English game, according to the Blues.
Mr Bonetti made an incredible 729 appearances between the posts across a 15-year career at Stamford Bridge, many of which came behind the battling centre-half Harris, who still rates his former team-mate as one of the best.
‘If you ask any supporter who has been going to Chelsea in both Peter’s time or today, without being disrespectful to any other Chelsea goalkeepers who are playing or who have played for Chelsea, the supporters would say Peter is one of the very best,’ says Harris.
Peter Phillip Bonetti was born September 27, 1941, in Putney, London, United Kingdom.
He was goalkeeper for Chelsea, the St. Louis Stars, Dundee United and England.
He died after a long battle with illness.