13 February 2020 08:58

GEORGE EASTHAM He was my best mate.

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Tributes to a legend It is 12 months today since the great Gordon Banks passed away at the age of 81. His death shook all in football, not least here in his adopted home. Here is a reminder of the tributes paid by those connected to his beloved Stoke City, not least his old team-mates, in the immediate aftermath of the sad news... STOKE CITY CHAIRMAN PETER COATES This is a very sad day for football and a very sad day for Stoke City Football Club," he said. I will remember a lovely man and a truly remarkable goalkeeper.

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He will go down as one of the greatest and his fame is spread far and wide. It was a pleasure to get to know him in later years and he was always a welcome face at the football club. JACK BUTLAND Just two weeks ago I was at his house and met his family. Between me and his daughter Wendy I got to hear some of his stories and finally got a word in to ask him about some of the things he achieved! He showed me the World Cup winner's medal, which was smaller than I ever thought, and pictures of the save and so many awards from all over the country for all manner of things. It was really nice for me to experience that. GEORGE EASTHAM He was my best mate. He was fun and he was the best in his position. He was a gentleman, top notch. Read more here