Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

England great Gordon Banks dies

England great Gordon Banks dies

England's official Twitter account tweeted: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away".

Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

Banks, who was born in Sheffield, was regarded by many as the best goalkeeper to ever play the game and is well remembered for his wonder save from Brazil legend Pele during the 1970 World Cup.

Former Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks holds the Jules Rimet trophy as he is awarded a a Stoke City shirt before the game.

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'.

Banks, who has died at the age of 81, flung himself to his right and, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

Banks was between the sticks during England's most famous footballing hour when the 1966 squad clinched their first and only World Cup title.

In eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967. "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

His family said Banks, who lost an eye in a vehicle crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.

"A gentleman and a football legend RIP". Thinking especially of Ursula, Julia, Wendy and Robert. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

While Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker have also posted touching tributes, the Manchester City winger saying: "Of course there was THAT save, but it's so much more we are mourning today.RIP Gordon Banks".

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