Legendary England World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Passes

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

A legendary FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper, who starred for England at the 1966 tournament has sadly passed away at the age of 81.

He played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967, where made 194 appearances in six years at the club.

After beginning his career at Chesterfield in March 1953, his crowning glory came in the summer of 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final to turn him into a household name and national hero.

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

A spokesperson for Leicester City, for whom Banks played 293 times during his eight-year spell with the club, wrote: "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".

Former International soccer players England goal keeper, Gordon Banks (left) with a picture of his famous save from Brazil striker Pele (right). "Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

Banks made 73 global appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England's 4-2 win over West Germany. "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

Footballing icons past and present took to social media to share their condolences.

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