England’s Most Capped Male Player Receives CBE for Football Services and Anti-Gambling Advocacy

England’s Most Capped Male Player Receives CBE for Football Services and Anti-Gambling Advocacy

Shilton’s Honors and Football Legacy

England’s legendary goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, toasted his New Year’s recognition with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to football and efforts in combating gambling addiction.

His record of 125 appearances makes him England’s most capped male player, having played for the national team over a 20-year span, participating in three successive World Cups from 1982 to 1990.

Sporting Milestones and Addiction Battle

Despite his illustrious career, Shilton faced personal struggles with a ‘all-consuming’ gambling addiction spanning 45 years, resulting in substantial financial losses amounting to £800,000 on Betfair alone.

His wife Stephanie played a pivotal role in his recovery after their meeting in 2012, likening his withdrawal to that of a drug addict going cold turkey.

Overcoming Adversity and Advocacy Work

Shilton, now clean for nearly a decade, candidly revealed the challenges of his addiction, attributing its origins to childhood experiences witnessing his father’s gambling successes.

With his wife’s support, he opened up about losing substantial amounts, despite his footballing success, and the emotional turning point that led to his recovery.

Transition to Advocacy and Redemption

After conquering his addiction, Shilton and his wife collaborated on a book detailing their journey.

Stephanie Shilton’s involvement with the Six to Ten Project by addiction charity Ara highlights their commitment to supporting individuals affected by gambling disorders.

Peter Shilton’s post-football life underscores a focus on raising awareness and aiding others battling similar addictions.

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