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Gordon Banks: World Cup winning goalkeeper dies aged 81

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R.I.P. Gordon

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

Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil.

Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," his family said.

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

Banks started his career at Chesterfield, before joining Leicester in 1959 for £7,000, and it was at the Foxes that he established himself as England's number one, earning his first international cap in 1963 against Scotland.

He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign, culminating in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.

In eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967.

He stayed at the Potters until his retirement from professional football, winning the League Cup again in 1972, the club's only major honour.

Later that year he lost the sight in his right eye after a car crash.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47196017

 
 

 

Edited by CaaC - John

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Great tribute to a great man, Len. Turner and Hooch remains his best film.

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Very sad to hear :(. Legend for club and country. 

RIP, Gordon. 

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32 minutes ago, MUFC said:

Great tribute to a great man, Len. Turner and Hooch remains his best film.

what?

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Great keeper and a very nice man, remember him fondly from my youth.  That save agaisnt Pele was unbelievable.  Too bad somebody slipped him a micky in Mexico or we may have won a second World Cup.

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I remember keepers on the playground being described as Gordon Banks back in the 90s and early 00s, from young kids who never would have seen him play. Very few players are a name handed down generations. Banks is one. R.I.P

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A legend for club and country. The only player to ever win a World Cup while playing for Leicester. I hope we honour him properly although I am sure after what I've seen in the past few months that this is a given.

Rest in peace one of the greats.

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RIP.

I didn't know he won as many as 6 FIFA goalkeeper of the years. The global outpouring shows how good he was.

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We’re now down to just seven remaining members of the England side that played in that Final. 

George Cohen, Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Roger Hunt. 

 

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Pretty sad to lose another member of that England side. And he's a man that was considered the pinnacle of goalkeeping for England for decades... so a true legend. RIP.

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