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Monday 18 February 2019

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died (PA)
England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died (PA)
File photo dated 21-01-2018 of Gordon Banks during his speech at the Football Writers Association Tribute Night at The Savoy, London. John Walton/PA Wire.
File photo dated 27-10-2015 of Former Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks. David Davies/PA Wire.
File photo dated 05-01-2016 of Former England and World Cup winning players (left to right) George Cohen, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and Sir Geoff Hurst with the Jules Rimet trophy. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
File photo dated 28-06-1966 of Leicester City goalkeeper Gordon Banks. PA Wire.
File photo dated 12-05-2013 of Former Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks holds the Jules Rimet trophy as he is awarded a a Stoke City shirt before the game. Clint Hughes/PA Wire.
File photo dated 12-07-2008 of Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks (centre) with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (left) and former Brazilian star Pele. Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
File photo dated 05-05-1965 of Gordon Banks jumps to make a save in the match with Hungary at Wembley. PA Wire.
File photo dated 10-07-2008 of Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks. Carl Court/PA Wire.
File photo dated 04-03-2004 of Former International soccer players England goal keeper, Gordon Banks (left) with a picture of his famous save from Brazil striker Pele (right). Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.
File photo dated 05-05-1965 of Gordon Banks jumps to make a save in the match with Hungary at Wembley. PA Wire.
File photo dated 12-07-2008 of Gordon Banks stands next to the new Gordon Banks statue at the Britannia Stadium. Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
File photo dated 04-05-1972 of Gordon Banks, the Stoke and England goalkeeper after he received the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 1972. PA Wire.
File photo dated 16-06-2004 of Model Nell McAndrew and 1966 World Cup England goalkeeper Gordon Banks at the unveiling of the new Butlins Redcoat 'strip'. Yui Mok/PA Wire.
File photo dated 30-07-1966 of the two teams line up before the match: (left to right) West Germany's Horst-Dieter Hottges, Wolfgang Overath, Siggi Held, Helmut Haller, Wolfgang Weber, Lothar Emmerich, Willi Schulz, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Hans Tilkowski and Uwe Seeler, linesman Tofik Bakhramov, referee Gottfried Dienst, linesman Karol Galba, England's Bobby Moore, George Cohen, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton. PA Wire.
File photo dated 14-02-1996 of Former England goalie Gordon Banks with his daughter Wendy in the goalmouth at Stoke City Football club after her marriage at the ground today to Shaun Beech. David Jones/PA Wire.
File photo dated 04-05-1998 of Gordon Banks, a member of the '66 World Cup Squad, with his young grandson, Edward Jervis. DAVE KENDALL/PA Wire.
File photo dated 07-03-2001 of Ex-England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, holds his 1966 World Cup winner's medal at a photocall at Christie's South Kensington. Toby Melville/PA Wire.
File photo dated 31-10-2000 of Former football player, Gordon Banks outside Wembley stadium. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Rebecca Naden/PA Wire.
File photo dated 24-05-1963 of Leicester City goalkeeper Gordon Banks reads a special edition of the London Evening Standard in the grounds of his team's hotel on the day before the match. PA Wire.

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England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke have announced.

The news was revealed in a statement from the Banks family on the club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com.

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.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time."

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File photo dated 04-03-2004 of Former International soccer players England goal keeper, Gordon Banks (left) with a picture of his famous save from Brazil striker Pele (right). Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Presenter and former England striker 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"

England and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling tweeted: "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."

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 always be remembered for a remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico.

Banks lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.

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File photo dated 28-06-1966 of Leicester City goalkeeper Gordon Banks. PA Wire.

Leicester City, for whom Banks played for much of the 1960s, tweeted: "Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81."

Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire wrote on Twitter: "A World Cup winner, a legend. RIP Gordon Banks."

Ex-England striker Michael Owen tweeted: "Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81. 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. Rest In Peace."

England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association website: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing.

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

"It was particularly special to be with him at a Football Writers' tribute dinner last year and wish him well on his 80th birthday.

"Gordon spoke to the room about that incredible save from Pele against Brazil back in 1970 and moments like that from his remarkable World Cup-winning career will continue to linger long in the memory.

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

The Germany football team's Twitter account posted an image of Banks embracing opposition players on the Wembley pitch in 1966.

"A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks," they tweeted.

ormer Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel tweeted: "So sad to hear that Gordon Banks one of my heroes and a true legend in life and football, has passed away. An inspiration, a winner and a true gentleman. My thoughts are with his family and friends. #RIPGordonBanks"

Leicester City and former England striker Jamie Vardy tweeted an image of Banks' famous save against Brazil, with the words: "Legend..... RIP Gordon Banks."

Fellow England goalkeeper David Seaman tweeted: "So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend #gordonbanks"

Another former England number one, Ray Clemence, posted on Twitter: "This is such sad news someone I looked up to and a great mentor. I had the honour of training with him in his last couple of years with England. Definitely England's greatest goalkeeper and will be sadly missed, wonderful man. Thoughts are with family and friends #RIP"

Ex-England midfielder Paul Gascoigne tweeted: "So sorry to hear the news of my good friend gordon banks who passed away a few hrs ago."

He added: "What a loss & an unbelievable goal keeper & an incredible man a really true gentleman RIP mate xxGAZZAxxx"

In a statement tweeted by Manchester United, Banks' World Cup-winning team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate.

"He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

Current England number one Jordan Pickford tweeted a video of Banks' save against Pele and wrote: "One of the greatest saves of all time. RIP Gordon Banks. A true legend of the game. All my thoughts with your family and friends at this difficult time."

Banks was an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and their chief executive, Jeremy Hughes, said in a statement: "Gordon Banks will be remembered for uniting the nation in celebration with his heroic 1966 World Cup-winning performance and the greatest save of all time.

"He was a deeply committed and passionate Alzheimer's Society Ambassador and united the nation again, this time against dementia.

"Gordon raised funds and awareness to help people affected by dementia, including his brother David and many of his 1966 World Cup-winning team-mates.

"Our thoughts are with his friends, family and team-mates at this sad time."

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