Friday, 22 February, 2019

England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

Banks won the World Cup with England in 1966 Banks won the World Cup with England in 1966
Frederick Owens | 12 February, 2019, 14:26

We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

Four years later, he was a member of the England squad which reached the quarter-finals in Mexico, where he made a legendary save against Brazilian striker Pele in the group stages.

Banks, who played for Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke, earned 73 caps for England and is widely regarded as the country's greatest ever goalkeeper.

However, the former England stopper could have carried on for longer if not for a auto crash in 1972, forcing him to give up the game he loved.

He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a auto crash cost him his sight in one eye.

Gordon Banks' family said he had passed away in his sleep. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on.

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Stoke City also shared the news and included a statement from his family.

Banks made 73 worldwide appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England's 4-2 win over West Germany. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

Banks's World Cup-winning team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton added: "Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Banks".

Lineker, Leicester supporter and ex-player said: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time". "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

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

While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend.

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