Gordon Banks, England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper, has died at 81

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2019

Gordon Banks was one of England's heroes in the 1966 World Cup, helping his country to their first ever world title.

Banks was FIFA's goalkeeper of the year on six separate occasions, and was even named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972.

He played every minute of the 1966 World Cup campaign, including the 4-2 win over West Germany in the final - still the nation's only triumph to date.

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", Banks' family said in a statement released by his former club Stoke City.

'We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him'.

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His global and top-flight career ended in 1972 following a vehicle accident, which resulted in Banks losing sight in his right eye at the age of just 33.

"Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".

Pressman, who was coached by Banks when just a youngster, added: 'So sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away. "All my thoughts with the family".

Sheffield legend and England World Cup victor Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend. Legend Gordon Banks passes away aged 81. Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that. RIP Gordon Banks", tweeted Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire, while Watford keeper Ben Foster said: "Had the pleasure of meeting you as an 18-year old-with my Dad, and him being completely star struck by you.

We, at Soccer Laduma, send our condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Banks. I went into the training ground on my 6 weeks holidays to work with him.

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