Journalist Tony Butler had harsh words to say about goalkeepers since WWII. “Since the war, I can’t go back any further England has produced only one, possibly two, world class goalkeepers. The outstanding player was Wolves Bert Williams. He came to his peak a little before television became our God. He was the greatest of them all, and he looked the part. His feats in Europe with Wolves and England earned him the title “The Cat”, and he deserved it.
The other keeper I rate highly, although I have had my doubts from time to time, is Nottingham Forest’s Peter Shilton. These two can claim the title great. The rest, Gordon Banks, Frank Swift, Gil Merrick were very good, but not great in the sense of Williams and Shilton. The others, Ray Clemence, Ted Ditchburn, the list is endless, were sound. That is the word I would use to describe most of the goalkeepers in the top flight today. When you think that players like Joe Corrigan and Jimmy Rimmer have played for England, and men like Sam Bartram never got a single cap, you wonder if the game has lost its marbles.”