Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

But Banks, widely considered to be among the greatest goalkeepers ever, produced one of the World Cup's most iconic moments four years later, pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Pele in Mexico City.

One of the draw assistants at the Russian Federation 2018 Final Draw, Banks shone at both Leicester City and Stoke City, making over 600 appearances between both clubs and winning the League Cup with the both.

Gordon Banks was one of England's 1966 World Cup heroes, and played at clubs across the Midlands, including Stoke, Leicester and Chesterfield. "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him".

In a lengthy Facebook post, the former striker said: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970".

It will be remembered as arguably the greatest save of all time and was the result of foresight, hard work and dedication.

"An all-time great for England, " current England coach Gareth Southgate said.

He played just under 300 times for Leicester before moving to Stoke in 1967, where he made 194 appearances in six years at the club, winning the League Cup with both clubs.

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"He's among the best goalkeepers in history and that's only a small group when we talk about the best ones".

He added that Banks was an England "legend" and his legacy would live on.

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

Victor of the 1966 World Cup with England, victor of the league cup with Stoke city in 1972.

Banks retired from the professional game at the age of 34 following a road accident which cost him the sight in his right eye, although he later returned briefly to football in America.

England's present number one Everton's Jordan Pickford - who was a pivotal figure at last year's World Cup, especially in the penalty shootout win over Colombia - tweeted the save from Pele.

But the 1966 World Cup victor would always share a joke with his old friend over his part in Pele's unique World Cup story. "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".

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