Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton


Goalkeeping legend Peter suffered at Maradona's 'Hand of God' in 1986 but that didn't stop him going on to become the most capped football player in England's history with 125 caps.

His football career has spanned 31 years and he has played in two European Cups and three World Cups. By the end of his career he had played 1005 games.

I'm a performer really, I love to perform.Peter Shilton


Shilton's league career began with Leicester City, where he spent eight years at the club, amassing 286 appearances and winning the Football League Second Division in 1970-71.

However, it was with Nottingham Forest that Shilton earned his greatest prizes in football. Shilton won the First Division in 1977-78, the League Cup in 1979, the European Cup in two successive seasons in 1978-79 and 1979/80 and the European Super Cup in 1979. The only tournament Shilton never won was the FA Cup, despite coming close in 1969 with Leicester City.

Peter Shilton made 17 consecutive appearances as goalkeeper in all of England's matches at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 final tournaments. On 14 occasions he captained his country. It's hard to imagine anyone bettering his record of 88 FA Cup appearances

Peter played for England throughout his career, holding the record for playing 125 games for his country.

In the early years there was a famous rivalry between Shilton and fellow goalkeeper Ray Clemence to be England's number one goalkeeper but the appointment of Bobby Robson as England coach in 1982 ensured Shilton became the number one choice in goal.

In the 1986 World Cup he became the victim of Maradona's cheating "Hand of God". In 1990 he was in goal during the famous penalty shoot out with Germany which led to England crashing out of the competition.

Shilton is now in demand as a motivational speaker. His recent TV appearances have included All Star Mr & Mrs, Cash In The Celebrity Attic, and a World Cup Special edition of 8 out of 10 Cats. He featured in Let's Dance for Sport Relief earlier this year, dancing to Men in Black alongside Jason Cundy.


Peter attended King Richard III Boys school in Leicester when, aged 13, he started training with Leicester City at schoolboy level. He made his debut for the club aged 16 against Everton In May 1966.

He married his wife Sue in 1970 and they have two sons Michael and Sam. Sam's a professional footballer and plays midfield.


In 1977 he won PFA 'Player of the Year' voted for by his fellow professionals. In 1990 he was awarded the Order of Merit by the PFA. In 2002 he was made an Inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.

In 1987 a computer game was released entitled 'Peter Shilton's Handball Maradona!' He was awarded an MBE in 1986 and an OBE in 1991. In 1986 he was featured on This ls Your Life.

He is great friends with ex-Strictly contestant Wlllle Thorne and enjoys relaxing by playing golf.

Are you a fan of Peter and Erin?

Why not join in the discussion at Peter & Erin's Blog page - the home of "Team Perin"!

Dancing partner

Erin Boag

Peter Shilton will be dancing with Erin Boag.


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Peter's progress

Week 4



Peter and Erin finished last on the combined Public and Judges' leaderboard, and were the third couple to leave the series.

Week 3



Week 2



Week 1



Judges' comments

Len Goodman comments on Peter's progress

High point

"You coped very well, the lifts were good."

Bruno Toniolo Horwood comments on Peter's progress

Low point

"You look like a penguin stuck in the mud."

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