England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies | 2019-02-12

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies

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12th February, 2019 04:59:17 printer

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81.His family described itself as "devastated" at the footballer's death.

 

A family statement, published by Stoke City, 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."

During his career, Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior international caps. He was one of the stars of England's 1966 World Cup triumph against West Germany.

 

He will be best remembered for a remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico. To this day, the Brazilian doesn't know how the England goal keeper managed to twist his body to stop the ball entering the goal.

 

A car crash in October 1972 led to him losing the sight in his right eye and he retired in the summer of 1973.

 


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