England’s World Cup-winning keeper Gordon Banks lifeless at 81

Gordon Banks has handed away at 81. (Supply: AP)

Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England’s 1966 World Cup-winning crew, has died on the age of 81, his former membership Stoke Metropolis mentioned on Tuesday.

Banks received 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made almost 200 appearances for Stoke earlier than his taking part in profession was dropped at an finish on account of a automobile crash that value him the sight in a single eye.

He was broadly thought to be one of many biggest goalkeepers to have performed the sport and can maybe be greatest remembered for the diving cease he made to disclaim Brazil’s Pele on the 1970 World Cup, which later grew to become generally known as the “save of the century”.

“It’s with nice disappointment that we announce that Gordon handed away peacefully in a single day,” Banks’ household mentioned in a press release posted on Stoke’s official web site.

“We’re devastated to lose him however we’ve so many blissful recollections and couldn’t have been extra happy with him.”

Banks started his profession at Chesterfield in 1958 and moved to Leicester Metropolis the next yr. He received his first England cap in 1963, 4 years earlier than he joined Stoke.

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