Gordon Banks, World-Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81

Gordon Banks, World-Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81

Gordon Banks, World-Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81

But the man responsible for it - former England, Leicester and Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks who has died at the age of 81 - was typically modest and self-deprecating when recalling how he defied Pele, and seemingly gravity itself, during an iconic World Cup moment.

English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks' former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday.

England great Bobby Charlton described his pride at playing alongside Gordon Banks after the World Cup-winning goalkeeper passed away aged 81.

"I had the privilege of becoming good friends with him over the years because we are from the same era and he was an opponent of mine on many occasions".

Banks played for Boro in the Anglo-Italian Tournament, which involved six England and six Italian semi-professional clubs at the end of the 1975-76 season.

Gordon Banks jumps to make a save in the match with Hungary at Wembley.

Banks, who received 37 of his 73 England caps during his eight years at Filbert Street between 1959 and 1967, is the only Leicester City player to have won the FIFA World Cup while with the Football Club.

Despite a vehicle 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. "Rest In Peace Gordon and thanks for the memories", another said.

While former Three Lions keeper David Seaman also tweeted: "So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend".

He was still Stoke and England's number one when a vehicle crash in October 1972 cost him both the sight in one eye and his professional career.

Around the city, where Banks is a revered figure and was often seen at charity and football events, flags were lowered at public buildings, and local radio talk-shows were inundated with calls remembering him.

He was one of the stars of England's 1966 World Cup final triumph against West Germany.

Brazil eventually won that group game 1-0 and then went on to win its third World Cup title.

He added that Banks was an England "legend" and his legacy would live on. "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".

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