England’s 1966 World Cup hero goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

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FOOTBALL LEGEND: Gordon Banks, OBE - 1937 - 2019. Photo credit: Twitter / @stokecity


STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB has broken the sad news that English footballing legend Gordon Banks, OBE has died.

In a Tweet they posted a message from his family saying: “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.”

Gary Lineker tweeted: “Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon

Raheem Sterling added: “Of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. All my thoughts with the family.”

Gordon Banks, OBE (December 30, 1937 – February 11, 2019) made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for England.

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century – after Lev Yashin (1st) and ahead of Dino Zoff (3rd). He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions.

A car crash in October 1972 cost him both the sight in one eye and his professional career.

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