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England World Cup winner and former Stoke player Gordon Banks dies

England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has sadly passed away at the age of 81.

He was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world back in the day, picking up an incredible six FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year awards during his 73 caps for the Three Lions.

One of Banks’ most well known saved came at the 1970 World Cup, incredibly denying Brazil’s Pele…

A club statement from former club Stoke City earlier today read: “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.”


1958–1959 – Chesterfield
1959–1967 – Leicester City
1967–1973 – Stoke City
1967 – Cleveland Stokers (loan)
1971 – Hellenic (loan)
1977–1978 – Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1977 – St Patrick’s Athletic (loan)


Football League Cup: 1964 (with Leicester City)

Football League Cup: 1972 (with Stoke City)

FIFA World Cup: 1966

UEFA European Championship third-place (Bronze Medallist): 1968

British Home Championship (8): 1964 (shared), 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970 (shared), 1971, 1972


Football fans and pundit, former/current players and clubs took to social media to pay tribute to the England hero, take a look at those tweets on the next page.


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