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Jack Butland Wears Throwback Green Goalkeeper Shirt In Tribute To Gordon Banks

Jack Butland Wears Throwback Green Goalkeeper Shirt In Tribute To Gordon Banks

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is wearing a special plain green goalkeeper's shirt as a tribute to the late Gordon Banks.

World Cup-winner Banks, who was capped 73 times for England, died on 12 February at the age of 81.

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He had a six-year spell with Stoke and his contribution to the Potters has been marked with the special edition kit sported by their current No.1 against Aston Villa.

With no badge, no sponsor or name on the back, it is a reimagining of the one Banks wore in between the sticks for Stoke's only major trophy win during the 1972 League Cup final triumph over Chelsea.

Marcon, the club's kit manufacturer, gave it their seal of approval and were thanked by Stoke for the huge part their employees played in making the gesture happen.

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Members of Banks' family were in attendance at the Bet365 Stadium to lay a floral tribute on the pitch, as did Butland and opposite number Jed Steer.

A minute's silence was also observed prior to the game, while Banks graced the front cover of the special souvenir programme released.

Speaking in the build-up to the visit of Villa, Stoke manager Nathan Jones spoke of how his side were keen to pay tribute to Banks through their performance.

"Obviously everything surrounding the game adds extra spice, extra importance and we want to go out there and ensure a fitting tribute to a real legend of the game," he said, as per Stoke's official website.

"I can't use any more superlatives for Gordon because they have already all been used, and have been used by far better people than me."

Topics: Football News, Jack Butland, Football, 1966 World Cup, England, Stoke, Goalkeeper, Stoke City, championship

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