England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

Silvia Morton
February 12, 2019

The news was revealed in a statement from the Banks family on Stoke City's website.

Former Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks holds the Jules Rimet trophy as he is awarded a a Stoke City shirt before the game.

Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died aged 81.

Gordon Banks is probably best known for a wonder save he produced to deny football legend Pele in a 1970 World Cup group match in Mexico that Brazil won 1-0.

Commonly regarded as one of, if not, the best in his position, Banks was named as Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times.

After beginning his career at Chesterfield in March 1953, his crowning glory came in the summer of 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final to turn him into a household name and national hero.

"Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game's true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time".

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Fellow ex-England worldwide Ray Parlour, meanwhile, hailed his save against Pele as the "best ever": 'More sad news in the football world.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks".

Pressman, who was coached by Banks when just a youngster, added: 'So sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

"Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died". A true legend and gentleman.

Manchester City and England midfielder, Raheem Sterling said: "Of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today".

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends". RIP Gordon Banks", tweeted Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire, while Watford keeper Ben Foster said: "Had the pleasure of meeting you as an 18-year old-with my Dad, and him being completely star struck by you.

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