England World Cup-winning 'keeper Gordon Banks dies

England World Cup-winning 'keeper Gordon Banks dies

England World Cup-winning 'keeper Gordon Banks dies

He is perhaps best remembered for pulling off a seemingly impossible save to keep out Pele when England played Brazil in the 1970 World Cup tournament.

At the next World Cup in Mexico in 1970, Banks scurried across his line and dived to his right to stop a downward header from Pele.

"We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away", it tweeted along with condolences to his family. "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him", the Potters said in a statement.

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century.

A spokesperson for Chesterfield FC, where Banks began his career in the 1950s, said: "The sad news reaches us that legendary former Spireite Gordon Banks has passed away".

The Germany team's official English-language Twitter feed showed it had long forgotten the bitter taste of defeat in saluting the 73-times capped goalkeeper.

During this time he established himself as England's number one goalkeeper, and played every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory.

"Once a champion, always a champion We are deeply sorry to hear of the death of @England World Cup victor @thegordonbanks", it tweeted.

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior worldwide caps.

Despite a auto crash in 1972, causing him to lose sight in one eye and meaning he never played top-flight football again, Banks was named the second-best keeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

Tributes poured in from football stars, pundits and clubs, including Gary Lineker who tweeted his condolences, calling Banks "an absolute here of mine".

He added that Banks was an England "legend" and his legacy would live on. "Rest In Peace Gordon and thanks for the memories", another said.

"He was of course part of England's only World Cup winning team in 1966".

But his career was not that happy and he had to experience some nightmares like the loss of sight of his right eye as a result of a vehicle accident that forced him to end his career at only 34 years old and few years later, after some bad experience as coach, he left football in sadness. "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".

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