Top facts about Peter Shilton, the best Forest goalkeeper

Sat 15 January 2022 | 17:30

It’s time to go deeper into the forest and talk about the Foresters. Peter Shilton, the receiver of Maradona’s most famous Hand of God, was the best goalkeeper forest had to offer; thus, welcome to Top facts about Peter Shilton, the best Forest goalkeeper.

Peter Leslie Shilton OBE is a former goalkeeper for the England national football team. He now holds the record for most appearances for the England men's team, with 125 caps, as well as the all-time record for most competitive appearances in global football, with 1,390. Shilton was recognized among the best ten goalkeepers of the twentieth century by the IFFHS in 2000.

During his 30-year career, he played for 11 different clubs and is the only player to have appeared in over 1000 league games, including over 100 for each of five separate clubs.

Shilton won several trophies during his time at Nottingham Forest, including the First Division title, two European Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, and the Football League Cup. He also played in the 1980 UEFA Euro, 1982 FIFA World Cup, 1986 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1988, and 1990 FIFA World Cup for 



He is well remembered for being the goalie who recieved 

Diego Maradona

's "hand of god" and "goal of the century" goals in the quarterfinals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Shilton did not make his World Cup finals debut until he was 32 years old, although he appeared in 17 finals matches and is tied with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez for the most clean sheets in World Cup finals matches with ten.

An exhibition of top facts about Peter Shilton, the best Forest goalkeeper

In this article we will talk about the amazing goalkeeper once defending the Nottingham Forests net. The sole purpose of this article is to dig deep into his life and expose any kind of fact that there is to read about his career or personal life, thus stay with us as we uncover the

top facts about Peter Shilton


Peter Shilton information

Let's start with the basics and examine his most important facts. Keep in mind that this is the most crucial phase in reading this article since we want you to get to know the athlete before reading about his professional or personal life.

Personal information

  • Full name:

    Peter Leslie Shilton

  • Date of birth:

    18 September 1949

  • Age:

    72 years

  • Star Sign:


  • Star sign features:

    Humble, self-effacing, industrious, and practical

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  • Place of birth:

    Leicester, England

  • Marital status:


  • Religion:


Football information

  • Position:


  • Last team played for:

    Leyton Orient

  • Total appearances:


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  • Foot:


Physical stats and appearance

  • Height:

    1,85 m

  • Hair color:

    Dark Brown

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  • Facial hair:


There's nothing stopping us from going deeper into Peter Shilton's life now that you've learned the most important information about him.

Peter Shilton transfermarkt

There is not a lot of information to be found in this section of top facts about peter Shilton due to the incomplete list of transfers and market graph on the mentioned website. However, his trophy list is accurate enough for us to be able to make a list of achievements out of it.

Player of the year in the 77/78 season really brought him up into the spotlight for

Nottingham Forest

. Only one of his trophies is dedicated to another team which is English SuperCup in 1971 with Leicester city.

Other than that, he has managed to assist Nottingham to achieve UEFA Supercup 2 times, English Super cup 2 times, English League Cup once, and European Champion Clubs' Cup twice. Additionally, the team became English Champions in 1980 with Peter in the starting 11.

Now for his transfer list, only half of them have a transfer fee, making his total transfer fee 1.12 million euros.

His move from Leicester to Stoke was recorded with a fee of 340 thousand euros, Stoke to Nottingham Forest 305 thousand euros. Nottingham to Southampton 370 thousand euros and Southampton to

Derby County

102 thousand euros.

Peter Shilton Nottingham career

Let us take a look at the famous period of this legend's career in this section of top facts about Peter Shilton.

Shilton accepted a £250,000 offer from Nottingham Forest a month into the new season. Forest had recently been promoted to the First Division and was in fine form under Brian Clough's leadership.

They won the League Cup in a replay after drawing with Liverpool at Wembley, though Shilton was cup-tied at the time, and then went on to win the league title in their first season back in the top flight.

The hero of our story only surrendered 18 goals in 37 league appearances throughout the season. Shilton went on to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, which was decided by his peers.

Shilton had another spectacular season with Forest, reaching the League Cup final for the third time in a row, this time against

Wolverhampton Wanderers

at Wembley.

However, a communication blunder between Shilton and Forest defender David Needham resulted in a collision on the edge of the Forest penalty area, allowing Andy Gray to touch the ball into the net for the game's lone goal.

Forest again reached the European Cup final for the second time in 1980, when they met SV Hamburg in Madrid as holders. The game was close, just as 1979 final, and Forest winger John Robertson scored the game-winning goal.

Kevin Keegan

, currently Shilton's international captain, was one among the dejected Hamburg players.

Shilton's life continued to deteriorate after that. Forest failed to maintain their trophy-winning form, and Shilton developed a long-term gambling addiction that would put his family under a lot of stress.

Hand of God

What really happened that marvelous day when Maradona did something amazing yet controversial. What was Peter Shelton’s role in this incident? Let’s find out in this section of top facts about peter Shelton.

While the game was still deadlocked at 0-0 at the end of the first half, Maradona was beginning to have an impact on the final result. Maradona grabbed the ball out of the area with his left leg six minutes into the second half and sent it to teammate Jorge Valdano.

Valdano attempted to take on many English defenders, but the ball was intercepted and batted back and forth before being cleared by English midfielder Steve Hodge towards England's goal.

Maradona would have been caught offside because of the players' positions, but he was onside since the ball came off an opponent.

When Maradona was alone inside the penalty box and the ball was falling, he battled it with goalie Peter Shilton, who was 20 centimeters (8 inches) higher than Maradona. Maradona jumped forward with his left arm outstretched, while Shilton jumped forward with his right hand.

The ball was initially touched by Maradona's fist, which was lifted close to his head, and it went into England's goal. Maradona began to rejoice, looking sideways at the referee and linesman for confirmation. When the aim was presented, he totally embraced it.

After the English players' complaints, Tunisian referee Ali Bennaceur sought the counsel of his second linesman, who confirmed the goal.

Alejandro Ojeda Carbajal, a Mexican photographer, captured this incident in an image in which Maradona can be seen smashing the ball with his hand.

Peter Shilton personal life

As promised, we'll start with his personal background and then go on to the

top facts about Peter Shilton


Shilton married Sue Flitcroft in September 1970, and they had two boys, Michael and Sam, the latter of whom went on to play professional football.

The goalkeeper and his wife, after 40 years of marriage, announced their divorce in December 2011.

Here is another fact of top facts about Peter Shilton: Shilton married his second wife, jazz singer Stephanie Hayward, in March 2015, after the two had been engaged since 2014. On December 10, 2016, the pair married at the Parish of St Peter and St Paul Church in West Mersea.

In March 2013, Shilton was accused of driving while inebriated. He was given a 20-month suspension and forced to pay £1,020 in costs.

Shilton has stated his support for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.

Peter Shilton wife

Steph Shilton is the wife of Peter Shilton, a former English footballer. She has handled the role of her husband's better half well.

She is well-known for saving her spouse from a 45-year gambling addiction. On September 16, 2021, a book titled "Saved by Peter and Steph Shilton-Signed Edition" was released. This book was provided to me by Gary Lineker. It will set you back £20.00.

During an interview on This Morning, Peter Shilton's wife Steph became upset as the football icon spoke out about his crippling gambling addiction.

The 71-year-old former England goalkeeper is launching a new book on his 45-year fight with cancer and how his beloved wife helped him get through it.

When her husband packed it all up, Steph began to cry as she said it was "one of the finest moments of my life."

Steph stated to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that his latest book, Saved: Overcoming a 45-Year Gambling Addiction, was written in a "comforting" tone in order to assist loved ones of individuals suffering from addiction.

Peter Shilton gambling addiction

This is where the top facts about peter Shilton take a sad turn.

The postman arrived with a bundle of mail on a bright August day in 2013. When his wife, Steph, was going through them, she came across a bank statement addressed to her husband, Peter Shilton, the former England goalkeeper.

He would normally have picked it up and concealed it since he likes to keep his financial affairs private. Pete was working hundreds of miles away that day in India, so she was the first to see it land on the doormat.

She had a feeling I shouldn't have opened it. She wrestled with my conscience for three days as it sat on the mantelpiece. It was a breach of trust to open it, but she knew it would disclose the truth.

As she tore open the package, my hands trembled. There were pages and pages of transactions, including enormous sums of money given to a betting firm.

Her suspicions that her spouse was a gambler were confirmed, and now she had proof. She used a calculator to figure out how much money he had lost in a month: more than £18,000.

She said: “I remembered the joy and admiration I had six months after we met when I stepped onto the pitch at Wembley with Pete. I was newly in love, and he was a hero to me. But now I realized that beneath that attractive exterior was an addict whose losses must have totaled millions of dollars.”

Shilton claimed in January 2020 that with the support of his wife, Steph, he had conquered a 45-year gambling addiction. Shilton was now collaborating with the government to promote awareness about related topics, such as mental health challenges.

Peter Shilton net worth

What is his current net worth after all those years of gambling addiction? Obviously, it would have been much more if he hadn't lost so much money gambling, but he continues to live a lavish lifestyle. Let us learn about his net worth in this section of top facts about Peter Shilton.

Peter Shilton has a net worth of $2 million. His principal source of money comes from his work as an association football manager and player. Shilton was recognized among the best ten goalkeepers of the twentieth century by the IFFHS in 2000.

Peter Shilton quotes

For the last part of the top facts about Peter Shilton, we will take a look at some of the wisest words ever said by this legend.

Let's hear about the difference between players' salary and net worth and the importance of money back then and now. "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.”

“As a goalkeeper, you need to be good at organizing the people in front of you and motivating them. You need to see what's going on and react to the threats.

Just like a good manager in the business.” The importance of being a good goalkeeper will sometimes overweigh the importance of being a good coach. As you can see peter precisely describes the cruciality of the goalkeeper’s leadership in the game.

Which league does Peter prefer to play in? well, he answers this question directly by this quote: “I mean no disrespect to Scottish football, but the Premier League is the biggest stage and highest-profile league of all.”

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