One of the legends of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, Gordon Banks is dead.
The 81-year-old regarded as one of football’s greatest goalkeepers of all time was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.
The world will remember Banks for his wonder save from Pele during a 1970 World Cup match against Brazil.
Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973.
“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.” his family said.
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 international cap in 1963 against Scotland.
He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign, culminating in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.
In eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967.
He stayed at the Potters until his retirement from professional football, winning the League Cup again in 1972, the club’s only major honour.