Goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies aged 81

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has sadly passed away aged 81.

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The keeper won 73 caps for England and was regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, he won goalkeeper of the year 6 times and was named footballer of the year in 1972.

His career started at Chesterfield, then signed for Leicester City and later Stoke City Banks made 628 appearances in the football league, he will always be remembered for the save he made in the 1970 world cup which denied Pele a goal for Brazil, a great header by Pele, what made the save even better was the ball bounced up of the ground.

Banks was married to Urlsula and had three children, his nephew is a member of the rock band ‘Pulp’

The 6ft shot stopper won many things in his time even after retirement, a truly succesful individual and he was also awarded a OBE

Gordon sadly passed away after fighting kidney cancer, he died on Feb 12.



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