Gordon Banks, England World Cup-winner dies aged 81

Gordon Banks, one of the heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph and widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever goalkeepers has died at the age of 81.

Gordon Banks died on Monday night with members of his family around him, including his children and grandchildren.

The news was revealed in a statement from the Banks family on Stoke City’s Twitter page. It read: “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.

“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”

Stoke City’s Chairman Peter Coates said in a post on the Club official website: “Gordon was an iconic figure not only in English football but across the globe and it’s deeply sad that we have lost him.

“It’s not just people of my generation who know how good a goalkeeper he was – people of all ages talked about Gordon reverentially. He was outstanding and it was an absolute privilege to watch him playing for Stoke City.

“He was also a keen advocate for our city, which he made his adopted home, and he will be sadly missed by local people from all walks of life, not just football fans.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gordon’s wife Ursula, his three children Robert, Wendy and Julia and the rest of the Banks family at this time.”

Banks made 73 international appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany.

He played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967.

Gordon Banks made almost 200 appearances for Stoke City between 1967 and 1973 and since 2000 had been Club president.

Different world football stars and Clubs have paid tribute to the 81-year-old

Manager Nathan Jones, CEO Tony Scholes, Stoke City players, and Club staff held a minute’s silence before training this morning in memory of Gordon Banks.

England manager Gareth Southgate also reacted to the news, saying: “I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing.

“An all-time great for England, I was privileged enough to be in his company on a number of occasions.”

Leicester City, Banks’ former club tweeted, “Everyone at Leicester City Football Club would like to offer their sincere condolences to Gordon’s family and friends at this sad time.”

 

Michael Owen also tweeted, “Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81. Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game’s true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Rest In Peace.”

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