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England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

12 February 2019, 02:26 | Anna Jefferson

England World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Has Died

Gordon Banks is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to ever have played the game. Credit PA

He was considered one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

Born in Sheffield, Banks spent the majority of his club career with Leicester City and Stoke City, winning the League Cup with both eight years apart, before retiring in 1973, having lost sight in his right eye as the result of a auto crash.

The footballing legend famously played every game of the 1966 World Cup which saw England lift the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley, after beating Germany 4-2 in extra time.

That meant the end of Banks' illustrious career in England at the age of just 34, although he did enjoy a swansong in the North American Soccer League, representing Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1977 and 1978 and renewing acquaintances with the likes of George Best, Pele and Carlos Alberto.

He represented Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke.

It said: "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.




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

"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".

Gordon Banks, one of the world's most famous goalkeepers, passed away Tuesday at the age of 81. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans.

Lineker, Leicester supporter and ex-player said: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died". My thoughts are with his family and friends.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks". Obviously we shared 1966 but it was more than that. I went into the training ground on my 6 weeks holidays to work with him.



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