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…
Once a champion, always a champion ??
He was one of the game's greatest goalkeepers, a provider of stunning World Cup memories & a gentleman.
Our thoughts are with his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/tsD4c71Ixt
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 12, 2019
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.”
From the family of Gordon Banks
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. pic.twitter.com/mg5GIgSoBb
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 12, 2019
GORDON BANKS’ PLAYING CAREER:
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)
Gordon Banks and Stoke lift the League Cup pic.twitter.com/JNcLw3V9j5
— StarverseStoke (@StarverseStoke) April 28, 2015
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
Gordon Banks @England World Cup Winning Goalkeeper has died aged 81.
— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) February 12, 2019
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.