R.I.P Gordon Banks
England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died.
Banks was 81-years-old.
Stoke on Trent Live have reported the following:
Gordon Banks OBE – football legend, England hero and Stoke City icon – has died after a long illness.
He passed away with family at his bedside after his health deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks.
Banks had been suffering from cancer.
Stoke City post a statement
Gordon Banks is best associated with Stoke City.
He also played for Chesterfield, Leicester as well as the Cleveland Stokers and Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Banks played for Stoke from 1967 until 1973. During that time his won the League Cup with Stoke in 1972.
On Tuesday Stoke posted the following statement on social media.
From the family of Gordon Banks 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.
The first suggestion that tragic news was incoming came from comedian John Bishop this morning. He tweeted “Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions. A gentleman and a football legend RIP.
From the family of Gordon Banks
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. pic.twitter.com/mg5GIgSoBb
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 12, 2019
Gordon Banks: ‘What a save!’
Gordon Banks was an unbelievable goalkeeper.
The go-to moment will always be Banks’ heroic save to stop Pele at the 1970 World Cup.
“What a save, Gordon Banks!”
Gordon’s heroics for club and country will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/BBwvMZCmMv
— football.london (@Football_LDN) February 12, 2019