BEST ENGLISH GOALKEEPERS OF THE 80S
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
It was with Norwich City (between 1981 and 1987) that he became a truly first class goalkeeper, and he played for the team when they won the League Cup in 1985.
Woods joined Sheffield Wednesday in August 1991 after being signed for £1.2 million by Trevor Francis. He appeared in the FA Cup final for the team in 1993 and also the League Cup finals in 1993. He was also first choice during the 1992 European Championships.
During his entire goalkeeping career between 1976 and 1998, Chris Woods made 603 appearances, as well as 43 appearances for England between 1985 and 1993.
Chris Woods was one of Peter Shilton's back-ups for the Italia 90 World Cup but never played for them during the tournament.
He started out as a senior goalkeeper with Manchester United, making 34 appearances between 1965 and 1974.
In October 1973 he was loaned to Swansea and Arsenal were so impressed with his performance that they signed him in February 1974, and he eventually replaced Bob Wilson. He made 124 apperances for the Gunners.
Rimmer made 229 appearances with Villa between 1977 and 1983, winning a First Division winners medal in 1981. During the 1982 European Cup Final there was much drama when he was injured just nine minutes into the game and he was replaced by Nigel Spink. Villa still managed to beat Bayern Munich 1-0 to lift the trophy.
Rimmer was signed to Swansea in 1983 where he made 66 appearances.
Shilton started his senior career at Leicester City where he made 286 appearances. He was at Stoke City between 1975 and 1977 before Nottingham Forest signed him for £250,000 in 1977. Here he made 202 appearances under the management of the charasmatic Brian Clough.
These were some of Forest's most successful years when they won the League Cup in 1977/78 and 78/79 seasons and were First Division winners in the 1977-78 season. They also won the European Cup in 1978/79 and 1979/80 as well as the European Super Cup in 1979.
Clemence was signed by Liverpool (who were managed by Bill Shankly) on 24th June 1967 for £18,000. Clemence made 470 appearances for Liverpool between 1967 and 1981. Before this, he made 48 appearances for Scunthorpe United.
During his time with Liverpool, the club won five First Division titles, 1 x FA Cup in 1973/74 season, the League Cup in 1980/81, 3x European Cups in 1976-77, 1977-78 and 1980-81, as well as the UEFA Cup in 1972-73, 1975-76 and the UEFA Super Cup in 1977.
Clemence was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000 in 1981 where he stayed until 1988. During these years Spurs won the FA Cup in the 1981/82 season, the FA Charity Shield in 1981 and the Uefa Cup in 1983/84.