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Gordon Banks, England World Cup-winning goalkeeper, dies at 81

12 February, 2019, 13:39 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Born in Sheffield, Banks spent the majority of his club career with Leicester City and Stoke City, winning the League Cup with both eight years apart, before retiring in 1973, having lost sight in his right eye as the result of a auto crash.

Gordon Banks was one of England's heroes in the 1966 World Cup, helping his country to their first ever world title.

He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil.

Banks was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions.

Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "An absolute hero of mine, and countless others, England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man".

Widely regarded as England's best-ever goalkeeper, Banks played in the World Cup final at Wembley in 1966 and lifted the trophy.

'@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon'.

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Since the tragic news was announced, tributes have been flooding in from the sporting world.

Former Leicester and Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright added: 'A true legend in every sense of the word, a gentleman and outstanding goalkeeper, RIP our 1966 World Cup winning goalie. "Really sad news. Growing up, one of the featured pieces of commentary I consistently heard was "that" save".

"Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81".

"The loss of the greatest goalkeeper of all time, a true gentleman and loyal Stoke City legend".

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time". RIP Gordon Banks", tweeted Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire, while Watford keeper Ben Foster said: "Had the pleasure of meeting you as an 18-year old-with my Dad, and him being completely star struck by you.

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