England great Gordon Banks dies

Carrie Guzman
February 12, 2019

He made 73 caps for England while during his club career, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", the statement was quoted, as saying by BBC Football. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

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.

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.

After beginning his career at Chesterfield in March 1953, his crowning glory came in the summer of 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final to turn him into a household name and national hero.

"I thought that was a goal", declared Pele, as he congratulated Banks, who replied: "You and me both".

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He later played at club level in North America, with spells at Cleveland Stokers in the United Soccer Association and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL.

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.

Rest in peace, Gordon Banks.

While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend.

Banks, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015 and lived in the spectre of the disease until his death, sold his World Cup winners' medal at auction for £124,750 in 2001 and was an inaugural inductee in the English Football Hall of Fame the following year.

Banks is the fourth member of the starting lineup to die, following captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson.

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