Legendary England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Legendary England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away. He was 81 years old. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game, Banks made 679 appearances throughout a club career that lasted two decades. Banks spent most of his career at Leicester City and Stoke City. He won the Football League Cup at both clubs.

Banks made 73 appearances for England’s national team from 1963-1972. He was a key player for England at the 1966 World Cup which they won. Banks conceded only three goals during the tournament and was in the Team of the Tournament. Four years later, Banks produced one of the greatest saves in the history of the game. It was England vs Brazil at Guadelajara at the 1970 World Cup. Jairzinho provided a pass to Pele who was just in front of the England goal. Pele shouted ‘Go’ (Portuguese for goal) just after heading the ball. However, Banks got fingertips to the ball and saved it for a corner.

Banks’ death makes him the 8th player from England’s World Cup winning squad to pass away. Last year, full-backs Ray Wilson and Jimmy Armfield died. Several footballers took to social media to pay their tribute to Banks.

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