Gordon Banks, World-Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81

13 February, 2019, 04:51 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Gordon Banks is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to ever have played the game. Credit PA

Sir Bobby Charlton, who was part of the England team that won the World Cup with Banks in 1966, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".

Tributes for England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper have been flooding in since the passing of Gordon Banks was announced early on Tuesday but perhaps none of his peers was more inextricably linked to the six-time Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year than Pele, who said that he "will always treasure" the friendship borne from their rivalry.

Banks won 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made almost 200 appearances for Stoke before his playing career was brought to an end due to a vehicle crash that cost him the sight in one eye. "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him", the Potters said in a statement.

"On behalf of FIFA and the whole football community, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to Gordon's friends and family".

He was sold to Stoke for £50,000 in 1967, helping them win the League Cup in 1972.

In 2015 he was diagnosed with kidney cancer and he died at 81 years, leaving behind him a great history. Then I looked back and I couldn't believe it hadn't gone in.

Details of Banks" death have been kept private but his family confirmed the goalkeeping legend passed away "peacefully'.

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"An all-time great for England, I was privileged enough to be in his company on a number of occasions".

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. He will be greatly missed by the footballing world and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the former striker said: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970".

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper and England World Cup victor Gordon Banks has died aged 81.

Another said: "Gordon Banks, a true England great, will always be remembered for that save from Pele".

'On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends'.

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