Peter Shilton: The Safest Pair of Hands who experienced Maradona & Miracles

Peter Shilton 
By: Chan Yuan 

Peter Shilton is one of the best goalkeepers of all time, and England’s most capped player ever, having donned the Three Lions shirt 125 times between the sticks.

He has amassed an incredible amount of experience within football and has won personal awards and titles throughout his career. Shilton certainly knows what it takes to be a dependable set of hands, and has a massive repertoire of knowledge concerning success. From individually achieving the PFA player of the year award to winning domestic and European titles with a Nottingham Forest side back in the 70’s that defied all the odds, Peter is one of the most renowned figures in the game.

His career was nothing short of phenomenal. With over 1,000 professional appearances for both clubs and country, Shilton now reveals both his secrets to long-term success and motivational talks through Peter Shilton booking agent MN2S. In his talks, you will hear stories about other legends of the game such as Brian Clough and Diego Maradona, as well as an insight into how he gained his array of personal and team accolades.

Shilton’s experience as a player at the top level of the game for so many years means he has one of the best lists of experiences and stories from within the game. Having guided Forest to the title in 1978, he went on to greater glory, lifting the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. His and Forest’s achievements can be seen in the recent documentary I Believe In Miracles. Perhaps one of the most incredible feats in sporting history. The documentary looks at how Brian Clough’s men went on to gain legendary status in football history by winning both the league title and European Cups.

The local legends will be celebrating the success of football blockbuster I Believe In Miracles in April next month at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, which achieved the status as the largest grossing sports film at the UK box office last year.


What’s particularly striking about the state of the Premier League today is the similarities between his Nottingham Forest team of ‘78 and the Leicester City team that currently lie at the top of the table, 5 points clear of their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Shilton used to play for the Foxes as a teenager, rising up through the ranks before becoming one of the standout goalkeepers in the division.


Could the turn around in his former club's fortunes be as miraculous as Forest’s were back in his heyday? Shilton recently told Sky Sports News, "A year ago, I remember doing an interview about Leicester and they were seven points adrift of second bottom and everyone thought they were going straight back down from the Premier League. But they've turned it round.” A few days later after giving this interview, Leicester beat title contenders Manchester City away 3-1 in a robust display. A month on from that interview, and Leicester have continued to improve, and Shilton hopes that they can go all the way "They'd be heroes for life. It would be such an incredible achievement, I really hope they can go on and do it. But even getting into the Champions League would be fantastic. It's amazing what they have done, so let's hope the miracle can happen."

Peter was one of the safest pair of hands back then, and remains so today in his current role as an after-dinner speaker, where his acumen and tales of his time as a player are as fascinating as ever. Whilst he was still playing, Peter received the MBE and OBE for services to football. After he announced his retirement from international football, he was awarded both the Football Writers Tribute Award and the prestigious Order of Merit by the PFA, making him part of a select bracket of elite players to receive these awards.

Shilton today continues to have an influential presence on and off the field, “I’m semi-retired now, but I’m an ambassador for kids coaching project Side Kick, which is great, and I do motivational after-dinner speaking, which is a real challenge but I really enjoy it. I’ve got lots of stories!” Peter’s incredible stories from the football world and beyond can be heard in his after-dinner speeches through MN2S today.