England’s 1966 World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Has Died, Aged 81
England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has sadly passed away, his former club Stoke have announced.
The club released the following statement on Twitter:
"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."
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
Banks, who made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, was famously part of England's World Cup winning squad in 1966.
He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
In fact, the former Stoke City and Leicester shot-stopper was named the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century. ahead of the likes of Dino Zoff.
Gordon Banks: also quite good at saving penalties pic.twitter.com/gUGm7Uqw4b- Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) February 12, 2019
Many people on social media paid tribute to Banks, including Gary Lineker, who described him as a "lovely man" and "one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time."
#NFFC are saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Banks, one of the true greats of English football.- Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) February 12, 2019
Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends at this very sad time. pic.twitter.com/YtP8uKooHI
BREAKING: England's World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81. :flag_black:- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 12, 2019
Thoughts are with his family and loved ones. RIP. :pensive: pic.twitter.com/xGMwZmmqFJ
RIP Gordon Banks.- Coral (@Coral) February 12, 2019
- World Cup winner with England in 1966.
- Made THAT save vs. Pele
- One of England's best ever goalkeepers.
R.I.P Gordon Banks. English footballing legend, World Cup Winner..Pele preventer, man mountain pic.twitter.com/tFYkeAh8Rz- Bulldogz (@bulldogzaz) February 12, 2019
Thanks for the memories, Gordon Banks.