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Gordon Banks: Former England goalkeeper and World Cup winner dies, aged 81

Former England goalkeeper and 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.

Stoke City, with whom Banks spent six years as a player, released a statement from his family confirming the devastating news on Tuesday morning.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement read. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”


Banks played for Chesterfield and Leicester before joining Stoke in 1967, and also represented, Cleveland Stokes, Hellenic, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and St Patrick’s Athletic.

He made his name as one of the Football League’s best goalkeepers during his time with Leicester, and won his first of 73 England caps while playing for the Foxes.

Banks won the 1964 League Cup with Leicester before repeating the feat eight years later during his time at Stoke, but the crowning moment of his career was winning the 1966 World Cup.

He played every match of England’s successful campaign on home turf, and also claimed the biggest honour in the British Home Championship on eight occasions.

Four years after glory in 1966, Banks made the save which late came to define his career – ‘the save of the century’ from Pele’s header at the 1970 World Cup.

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