Ex-England goalkeeper Peter Shilton admits drink-drive charge

Peter Shilton: "I had a very fair hearing"

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England's most capped footballer Peter Shilton has been banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence.

The 63-year-old, of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, was arrested in Manor Road in Colchester on 24 February.

Shilton, whose partner is understood to live in Colchester, was charged with driving with excess alcohol.

Magistrates in Colchester also ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling £1,020.

Peter Shilton

  • England's most-capped footballer, playing 125 games
  • Ever-present in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 World Cups
  • Played for Leicester City in the 1969 FA Cup final
  • Won league title in 1978 and the 1979 and 1980 European Cups with Nottingham Forest
  • Played 1,000th league game in 1996, with Leyton Orient
  • Retired from playing aged 47
  • Took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010

During his 30-year football career Shilton played more than than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs including Leicester, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Derby.

He played 125 times for England, including every match at three consecutive World Cups - in 1982, 1986 and 1990.

'Deep regret'

The 15-minute court hearing was told Shilton had more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed by police.

He had been drinking wine at a family celebration during the day but did not think he was over the limit, the court heard.

He was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward, and was caught after an anonymous tip-off to police.

Peter Shilton shakes hands with Diego Maradona before the England v Argentina game at the 1986 World Cup Peter Shilton was captain when England played Argentina in the 1986 World Cup

Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton would find it difficult to pay any fine because his finances were "complicated" because he was going through a divorce and selling his house.

He added: "He had gone to move his car closer to his partner's address because he had an early start.

"He didn't travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn't driving very quickly at all."

Mr Tawn described the arrest as a "matter of deep regret" for Shilton, who had three points on his licence following a speeding offence in March 2011.

As he left court, Shilton said: "I've nothing to say, really - just that I had a very fair hearing."

He left in a taxi from the nearby Colchester Town railway station.

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