Gordon Banks, England World Cup-winning goalkeeper, dies at 81

Annette Crawford
February 12, 2019

He was one of the stars of England's 1966 World Cup final triumph against West Germany.

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

"We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him".

Banks was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup and was credited with making the "Save of the Century" when he denied Brazilian great Pele at the tournament four years later.

According to BBC Football, the goalkeeper's family issued a public statement on Banks' death.

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior worldwide caps.

Banks started his career at Chesterfield, before joining Leicester in 1959 for £7,000, and it was at the Foxes that he established himself as England's number one, earning his first worldwide cap in 1963 against Scotland.

He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a auto crash cost him his sight in one eye.

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

Former England and Leicester striker, Gary Lineker wrote on social media: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died".

The goalkeeper's spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England's defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time. "RIP Gordon Banks. England legend, your legacy will live on".

Leicester City, for whom Banks made 293 league appearances for, 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". "All my thoughts with the family".

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