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12 February 2019 11:30

Scotland Six Nations Championship Blair Kinghorn

Stoke City F.C.

Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper, dies aged 81

"Gordon spoke to the room about that incredible save from Pele against Brazil back in 1970 and moments like that from his remarkable World Cup-winning career will continue to linger long in the memory. Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, will take his place in history as a key component of the only England team to win the World Cup as West Germany were beaten at Wembley on 30 July 1966. The defining moment of the legendary goalkeeper's career, however, came four years later when Sir Alf Ramsey's England went to Mexico to defend their crown - and it is that piece of brilliance for which he will always be remembered. Such was his reliability, the phrase 'Safe As The Banks Of England' was coined about him - but he could also produce rare acts of genius and it was in Guadalajara on 7 June 1970 that he produced the save many still regard as the greatest in the game's history. Banks, with typical modesty, later described the save as "lucky" but that, along with his place in England's World Cup win, secured his place in football history.

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He said: "They won't remember me for winning the World Cup. It will be for that save." The Sheffield-born goalkeeper started his career at Chesterfield and showed such promise in his 23 games that he signed for First Division club Leicester City for £7,000 in July 1959. It was here he forged his reputation, producing what he regarded as one of the finest performances of his career in the 1963 FA Cup semi-final when Leicester City beat Liverpool 1-0 at Hillsborough, although the Wembley final was a personal disappointment for Banks as they lost 3-1 to Manchester United. Banks was undisputed first choice by the time of the 1966 World Cup was played on home soil and performed faultlessly throughout the tournament, being widely acknowledged as the best goalkeeper in the game as England lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy. And so to Mexico in 1970 where, after his moment of brilliance, Banks was also the central figure in the game where England lost their crown and the balance of power shifted. Banks' sudden illness led to conspiracy theories that the keeper - so vital to an England team that was not popular among locals after uncomplimentary comments by Ramsey about Argentina in the 1966 World Cup - had been deliberately poisoned.

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Despite that disappointment, Banks enjoyed more personal glory as he helped Stoke City win their first major trophy when they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the 1972 League Cup final, the keeper making a decisive contribution in the campaign when saving an extra-time penalty from his fellow World Cup winner Geoff Hurst as West Ham United were overcome in a semi-final that went to a replay. Banks played his final game for England against the country he started his international career, with a 1-0 win against Scotland at Hampden Park in May 1972. The great goalkeeper's career was cut tragically short on Sunday 22 October that year when he lost the sight in his right eye in a car crash as he drove home after treatment for a minor injury. Banks had played at Liverpool the day before, was still two months short of his 34th birthday and was the current Football Writers' Association Footballer Of The Year. He also played one game for League Of Ireland side St Patrick's Athletic as his great career came to a close.

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This is the man, however, whose name will always be regarded among the greats of the game - and the goalkeeper who made the save by which all others are still measured. England legend Gordon Banks OBE has died aged 81 it has been confirmed. The goalkeeper who helped England lift the World Cup in 1966 died 'peacefully' overnight his family have confirmed. However in a statement issued this morning the club said: "From the family of Gordon Banks - It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. England World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man.

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Banks, who won 73 caps for his country, was one of the cornerstones of England's historic World Cup triumph on home soil in 1966, where they beat West Germany in the final at Wembley thanks to a Geoff Hurst hat-trick. Then four years later his worldwide fame rocketed again after his so-called `save of the century' from a header by Pele to deny Brazil in the 1970 finals. Born in Sheffield and a goalkeeper almost by accident, he played for Chesterfield and Leicester before joining Stoke City for £50,000 in 1967 and quickly establishing himself as one of the country's, and the world's best stoppers. He won the League Cup with Stoke at Wembley in 1972, the club's first ever trophy, and later described it as his best achievement in club football because of the joy it brought to their supporters. A statement released by his family via one of his former clubs Stoke City said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

Widely regarded as England's best-ever goalkeeper, Banks played in the World Cup final at Wembley in 1966 and lifted the trophy as part of the side that beat West Germany. Media playback is not supported on this device Watch: Banks makes wonder save to deny Pele at 1970 World Cup England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81. Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England. He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup 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," his family said. Sir Bobby Charlton, who was part of the team alongside Banks that won the World Cup in 1966, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had. England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: "Of course there was that save, but it's so much more we are mourning today. Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "An absolute hero of mine, and countless others, England's World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man." 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. Banks (far left) as England lifted the World Cup in 1966 Former England midfielder Alan Mullery played with Banks in the 1970 World Cup match against Brazil, and described to 5 live the famous save that denied Pele. "Gordon spoke to the room about that incredible save from Pele and moments like that from his remarkable World Cup-winning career will continue to linger long in the memory. 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.