Peter Bonetti Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Peter Phillip Bonetti
  • Born: September 27th, 1941 (Putney, London, England)
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Signed: June 22nd, 1979
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 7 appearances
  • Also Played For: Chelsea

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1979-80 7 0 0 0 57.1% 0.0% 42.9%
Totals: 7 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 4
 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A) 3 - 0
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 0
 25/08/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  1 - 4
 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A)  3 - 0
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 1
 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 25/08/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 18/08/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 11/08/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0


After making his Chelsea debut aged 18 in 1960, Bonetti was more or less the first choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge for the next 19 years. During that time helped the club win promotion back to Division One in 1963, and collected winners medals in the 1964 League Cup, 1970 FA Cup and 1971 European Cup Winners Cup. Internationally, he was a member of England's successful 1966 World Cup squad and played in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.

In 1975 Peter joined St Louis Stars in the North American Soccer League on a free transfer, but returned to Chelsea a year later, helping them win promotion once more. He retired in May 1979, moving to the Isle of Mull to open a guest house.

After a fall out with first choice United keeper Hamish McAlpine, manager Jim McLean approached Bonetti about the idea of coming out of retirement, and with Clyde and St Johnstone showing interest, the 39 year-old keeper signed on at Tannadice. Starting the first three games of the season, he was then used as back up after the return of McAlpine, playing a total of seven matches. After making a few reserve appearances he was released at the end of the season.

He then moved into coaching and had spells with Chelsea, England national side, Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City. Whilst coaching with Chelsea, he played two matches for Woking in 1986, aged 45.

Last updated on Friday, February 16th, 2018 by B Orr.


August 11th, 1979
Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee

League (Premier Division)


  • Date of Birth

    Peter was born on this date in Putney, London, England.

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    With Hamish McAlpine only just returned to the fold after his fall out with manager Jim McLean in Japan, former Chelsea and England 'keeper Peter Bonetti made his first appearance for United in the hi

  • Last Appearance

    Morton 4 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    United manager Jim McLean gave youngster Jim Kerr his first taste of Premier League football when he included him in the side against Morton. Phillip also came in from the bench and Kopel and Milne dr