England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

Ross Houston
February 12, 2019

Banks was a two-time League Cup victor with the Potters and the Foxes but is best remembered for his contributions on the worldwide stage, where he won 73 caps for his country.

Banks became known as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his global career and is remembered for making a remarkable save from Brazil's Pele at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Gordon Banks goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup victory over the then West Germany has died aged 81 his former club Stoke City announced on 12 February 2019.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight". We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him. "Even though I was on the pitch I still don't know how he saved that header from Pele".

Mr Banks was named Football Writers' AssociationFootballer of the Year in 1972 and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions.

"Gordon, who started his career at Chesterfield, was of course part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team".

Gordon Banks' family said he had passed away in his sleep.

"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".

Later that year he lost the sight in his right eye after a auto crash. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on.

Leicester City - one of his former clubs - posted they were saddened to hear of the news, while existing Foxes man Harry Maguire called Banks "a legend".

Fellow ex-England worldwide Ray Parlour, meanwhile, hailed his save against Pele as the "best ever": 'More sad news in the football world. "Will be very sadly missed". Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that. "All my thoughts with the family".

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