Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

Former club Stoke, who broke the news, issued the statement from his family.

Adam Boulton was meant to say England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks had passed away this morning but made a slip.

Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died aged 81.

Banks was perhaps the only player in that victorious England side who was actually better known for something he did in the World Cup four years later, in Mexico, where he made what is commonly described as "the greatest save ever seen", one that demonstrated to the full his agility, strength and reflexes.

His family said Banks, who lost an eye in a auto crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight".

He started every game for his country during the 1966 tournament and played in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.

'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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"Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

The news was announced in a statement from the Banks family on his former club Stoke City's official website.

The Brazil No 10 drove his header towards the bottom corner of the goal and Banks, flinging himself to his right, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

Banks was a two-time League Cup victor with the Potters and the Foxes but is best remembered for his contributions on the global stage, where he won 73 caps for his country.

"Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81". Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that.

"On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends".

"A gentleman and a football legend RIP".

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