Peter Bonetti

related topics
{game, team, player}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}

Peter Phillip Bonetti (born 27 September 1941 in Putney, London of Swiss parents from Canton Ticino) is a former football goalkeeper for Chelsea, the St. Louis Stars, Dundee United and England. Bonetti was known for his safe handling, lightning reflexes and his graceful style, for which he was given the nickname, "The Cat". He was one of several goalkeepers (Gordon West of Everton was another) who specialised in a one-armed throw which could achieve a similar distance to a drop kick.


Early life

In 1948 Bonetti's family moved from London to Worthing on the Sussex coast. His parents ran a cafe on the seafront next to the Worthing Dome. Bonetti shone at an early age, playing for Worthing Catholics F.C.

Club career


Chelsea signed him from the Reading youth team after his mother had written to then manager Ted Drake, requesting that he give her son a trial. He made his first team debut in 1960 and a few weeks later helped the Chelsea youth side win the FA Youth Cup. From the 1960–61 season onwards, he was Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper, a position he held more or less constantly for the next nineteen years. Chelsea were relegated in Bonetti's second full season, which saw the appointment of Tommy Docherty as manager. Bonetti emerged as a key figure in a talented young side which included Bobby Tambling, Terry Venables, John Hollins and Barry Bridges. The team went into the penultimate match of the season needing to beat promotion rivals Sunderland to have a chance of going up. Chelsea won 1–0, with Bonetti making a brilliant last minute save to deny George Mulhall and maintain his side's promotion chances; a 7–0 win over Portsmouth secured instant promotion back to the First Division.

Full article ▸

related documents
FC Den Bosch
Nawal El Moutawakel
Midwest League
List of Olympic medalists in biathlon
1998 Winter Olympics
List of chess openings
Eurovision Song Contest 1959
1948 Winter Olympics
Carlos Valderrama (footballer)
Willie Davenport
2002 Winter Olympics
Ross Powers
1928 Winter Olympics
Ring En Español
Snowboarding at the 2002 Winter Olympics
Mario Tennis
Armin Hary
North Central Conference
Luis Oliveira
Ludvika Municipality
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
1984 Winter Olympics
Frankie Fredericks
7th Computer Olympiad