Peter Shilton banned from driving after admitting drinking wine before getting behind the wheel

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from driving
Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from driving

Peter Shilton was today banned from driving for 20 months – after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

England goalkeeping legend Shilton, 63, was pulled over in his 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend Stephanie Hayward in Colchester, Essex on February 24.

A court heard that Shilton had been drinking wine at a family party but did not think he was over the limit when he went to move his car closer to the house.

Police were alerted by an anonymous tip-off that a man that seemed to be drunk had been driving nearby.

Officers then arrived at Ms Hayward’s home at 8.35pm and he was found to have 85 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of blood when tested at the nearby police station.

The country’s most capped footballer – with 125 appearances for England – admitted drink driving and was sentenced at Colchester Magistrates Court.

Banning him from the roads for 20 months, chairman of the magistrates, Dr Ilona Perkins-Van-Mil, told the former Leicester City and Nottingham Forest player he must also pay a fine.

Joe Stickings, prosecuting, told the court the goalkeeper had not contested the charge.

Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton – who wore a charcoal suit with a tie – was a man of previously good character.

He said the former goalkeeper would find it difficult to pay a fine because he was currently going through a divorce from previous wife Sue.

As he and Ms Hayward left the court, Shilton, of Kenilworth, Warks., said: “I’ve nothing to say, really – just that I had a very fair hearing.”

Shilton played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 clubs that also includes Stoke City, Derby County and Southampton.

His transfer from Leicester to Stoke broke the then world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

The former international shot-stopper left the court in a taxi from the nearby Colchester Town railway station.

He was also fined £850 and ordered to pay £170 costs. Shilton already had three points on his licence after a speeding offence in March 2011.


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