Chelsea legend Bonetti dies; Won World Cup with England

Peter Bonetti
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Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has passed away at the age of 78.

The 1966 World Cup winner later played for the NASL’s St. Louis Stars in 1975.

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Nicknamed “The Cat,” Bonetti was a back-up to Gordon Banks at the 1966 tournament but appeared at the 1970 World Cup.

Bonetti played 729 times for Chelsea between 1960-79, then spending time with Dundee United in 1979 before returning for a short stint with Woking in 1986.

Chelsea tweeted condolences on Sunday morning, calling Bonetti “one of the Chelsea Football Club’s greatest ever players.

Bonetti was the youngest of three goalkeepers on the England roster when it won its lone World Cup. He finished his career with seven caps, and Wikipedia says he became a postman after retiring from the game.