England legend Peter Shilton banned from road after admitting drink-driving charge
Ben Kendall, Press Association
11:58 GMT, 19 March 2013
14:15 GMT, 19 March 2013
Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.
The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a 15-minute hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.
The court heard that he was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed on February 24.
Ban: Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, pictured with his partner Stephanie Hayward, was banned from the road after admitting drink-driving at Colchester Magistrates Court
He was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the Essex home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward, at the time and was caught after an anonymous tip-off to police.
As he left court, Shilton, who won a record 125 England caps, said: 'I’ve nothing to say, really – just that I had a very fair hearing.'
He left in a taxi from the nearby Colchester Town railway station.
Magistrate Ilona Perkins-Van Mil banned Shilton from driving for 20 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling 1,020.
The court heard that Shilton had been drinking wine at a family celebration throughout the day but did not think he was over the limit.
Admission: Shilton attended a 15-minute hearing, where he pleaded guilty
Prosecutor Joseph Stickings said police were called to Ms Hayward’s home at about 8.35pm.
They had received an anonymous tip-off that a man, who seemed drunk, had been driving nearby.
'As police were speaking to a woman at the address, Mr Shilton pulled up behind the police car,' Stickings said.
'The officer spoke to him and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was tested and provided a positive breath test.'
Shilton wore a charcoal suit with a tie today and spoke only to confirm his name and address and enter a plea.
He arrived with singer Ms Hayward, who sat in court wearing a black dress with lace sleeves.
Legend Former Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Derby No 1 Shilton represented England a record 125 times
Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton
would find it difficult to pay any fine because his finances were
'complicated' as he is currently going through a divorce and selling his
He added: 'He’d had a very pleasant day at a family celebration and had consumed wine with meals throughout the day.
'He had gone to move his car closer to his partner’s address because he had an early start.
'He didn’t travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn’t driving very quickly at all.
'He was aware he had consumed alcohol but it was throughout the day so he did not think he was over the limit – if he had, he would not have pulled up behind the police officer.'
Paying the penalty: Shilton just fails to save a spot-kick during the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout
Tawn described the arrest as a 'matter
of deep regret' for Shilton, who has three points on his licence
following a speeding offence in March 2011.
Perkins-Van Mil warned Shilton he could face custody if he breached the ban and ordered him to pay the fine in full before leaving the building.
As well as appearing 125 times for his country, Shilton played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs including Leicester, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Southampton during his career.