Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

England’s World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Has Died

England’s World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Has Died

His death was confirmed by his former club Stoke City which tweeted a statement from his family.

"Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had", Charlton said. "At first I thought, 'You lucky so-and-so, ' but then I realized it has been a bit special".

"As soon as I got my hand to it, I thought it was going in the top corner", he said. "'You're getting old, Banksy, ' Bobby quipped".

Gordon Banks (left) and left-back Norman attempt to save a header from McCalligg of Chelsea during a match at at Stamford Bridge.

"From the moment I headed it, I was sure it had gone in", recalled Pele. "It was an impossible play".

The England team Twitter account posted a video of the save on Tuesday.

Banks' legacy will live on, especially thanks to his incredible World Cup record.

Southgate - who reignited the kind of modesty of spirit and fairplay engendered by the 1966 side that has been largely missing in England teams since that era - said he had enjoyed spending time with an "all-time great".

Former England player Michael Owen called him "one of the game's true gentleman".

Banks was named the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), behind Lev Yashin.

During his worldwide career, he won 73 caps and played in two World Cups, and between 1966 and 1971 he was named Fifa's Goalkeeper Of The Year for six consecutive years.

England, the world champions, were playing Brazil in Guadalajara, Mexico, in June 1970, in the group stage of the World Cup.

The star revealed in December 2015 that he was suffering from kidney cancer but continued to make personal appearances since his diagnosis.

The admiration between the pair was mutual and Banks attended a tribute night to Pele held by the FWA in London in January 2018, which the Brazilian was unable to attend as guest of honour because of health issues.

The Sheffield-born Banks began his career at Chesterfield in 1958 and moved to Leicester City the following year.

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