England’s goalkeepers have gone West

Gordon West, former Everton and England goalkeeper from the late 1960s and early 1970s, died this week. West won just three England caps in an age when good goalkeepers came easy not just for England, but also the other home nations (well, Scotland perhaps did have a problem or two). West was a flamboyant keeper and rarely made a mistake, but he had a string of players to competitors to contend with: Gordon Banks, Peter Bonetti, Alex Stepney, the Springetts, Jim Montgomery and the rising star that was Peter Shilton. Almost all clubs had a decent keeper. And this was … Continue reading England’s goalkeepers have gone West