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Gordon Banks, England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, dies at 81



England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, his former club Stoke have announced.

The news was revealed in a statement from the Banks family on the club’s official website.

Banks saves a shot from Denis Law during an England v Scotland match at Wembley in April 1967. Scotland won 3-2.  Picture: Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images

Banks saves a shot from Denis Law during an England v Scotland match at Wembley in April 1967. Scotland won 3-2. Picture: Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images


It said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior international caps. He was one of the stars of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph against West Germany.

He will always be remembered for a remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico.

Banks lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.






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