Peter Leslie Shilton was born on September 18, 1949 in Leicester, England. In the course of a staggering 31-year long career he appeared for Leicester City, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, West Ham United and Leyton Orient.
He is England's record appearance-holder, with 125 caps.
Shilton made his debut for Leicester City in May 1966 aged only 16 years old. Such was his obvious potential that the Leicester City management sided with their teenage prodigy and soon sold World Cup winner Gordon Banks to Stoke City.
Shilton became a fixture in the first team, even managing to score a goal at The Dell against Southampton in October 1967 direct from a clearance at the opposite end of the pitch.
The following season Leicester had a mixed season, suffering relegation from the First Division, but reaching the FA Cup final at Wembley. A 19-year-old Shilton became one of the event's youngest-ever goalkeepers, and it was to prove the only FA Cup final appearance of his career.
In the summer of 1974, Shilton left Leicester for Stoke City for a fee of £325,000. It was a mixed time for him, and in 1977 he joined Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest for £250,000.
In his first season with Nottingham Forest he was voted the PFA Player of the Year and was instrumental as they won the First Division title. During the season as a whole, Shilton conceded just 18 goals in 37 league appearances.
The following year ended even more spectacularly, with Forest becoming European Champions. A Trevor Francis goal was enough to beat Swedish side Malmo in Munich, with Shilton keeping a clean sheet. It was an incredible achievement for a club of Forest's size.
Forest then reached the European Cup final again in 1980 – as holders they were entitled to defend the trophy and faced SV Hamburg in Madrid. Like the 1979 final, the game was tight and one goal settled it from Forest winger John Robertson.
At international level, Shilton had a long and illustrious career. He is best remembered for his World Cup appearances in 1986 and 1990.
In 1986 he was the victim of Diego Maradona's infamous Hand of God goal, when the Argentinian punched the ball into the net as Shilton was about to catch it.
In 1990, Shilton was part of Bobby Robson's side, which went all the way to the World Cup semi-finals against West Germany. He was unfortunate to be beaten in normal time by a free-kick that ballooned up over him after being deflected by his defender Paul Parker. The Germans then famously won on penalties.