Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81


Gordon Banks, England's goalkeeper when they won the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 81, his former club Stoke City announced on Tuesday.

His save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup has gone down as his most famous moment, being named the best save of all time.

He won the League Cup with Stoke City and Leicester City before hanging his gloves in 1973.

Stoke City and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks looks on during a game circa 1967. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

We, at Soccer Laduma, send our condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Banks. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans.

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"If I could make a save like the one against Pele, while playing against the greatest in the world, then I will be able to battle through this health problem", Banks said then.

He will always be remembered for a remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. "Really sad news. Growing up, one of the featured pieces of commentary I consistently heard was "that" save".

The Germany national team added their tribute, saying: "A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks". He will be greatly missed by the footballing world and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Former England forward Sir Bobby Charlton, who played alongside Banks in the 1966 final, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had". Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that. "All my thoughts with the family".