Gordon Banks

Transcript reveals touching advice Gordon Banks offered a young goalkeeper

A previously unpublished interview transcript has revealed heartfelt advice Gordon Banks offered to a young goalkeeper he had never met. The World Cup winner offered the words of wisdom “not just for football but for life” during an interview with a journalist at the Leicester Mercury nearly 10 years ago. Lee Marlow shared the transcript on Twitter on Tuesday after news broke of Banks’ death at the age of 81, saying it had been pinned to his son’s wall for the last seven years. “God bless you, Gordon Banks,” Mr Marlow wrote in the caption. Lee Marlow shares on Twitter the transcript he wrote up of Gordon Banks’ advice to his son Lucas when the latter was a burgeoning eight-year-old goalkeeper. “Hello Lucas, your dad told me that you want to be a goalkeeper? Good lad,” said Banks. “We alway...

How Gordon Banks’ career record compared with other England goalkeepers

Only three keepers have played more times for the Three Lions. England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at Banks’ England career and how he compares to the other leading keepers in Three Lions history. Banks’ England record Banks, right, makes a save in one of his regular battles against Scotland (PA) Banks won 73 caps between April 1963 and May 1972 while with Leicester and Stoke, three quarters of the games England played in that time. He kept 35 clean sheets, one every 2.09 games, which helped him to a record of just 57 goals conceded – 0.78 per game. England won 49 of those games (67 per cent), with 15 draws and just nine losses. Only five different nations beat England with the Yorkshireman in...

Gordon Banks: The save that denied Pele and defied gravity

It will be remembered as arguably the greatest save of all time and was the result of foresight, hard work and dedication. But the man responsible for it – former England, Leicester and Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks who has died at the age of 81 – was typically modest and self-deprecating when recalling how he defied Pele, and seemingly gravity itself, during an iconic World Cup moment. Pele was at the height of his powers when Carlos Alberto’s mesmerising team faced defending champions England in the sweltering heat of Guadalajara during the group stages of the 1970 World Cup. The contest, viewed at the time as the final which might have been, was edged by Jairzinho’s goal on the hour. However, it was a moment of brilliance from Banks in denying Pele what looked a certain goal during the ...

World Cup winner Gordon Banks dies aged 81

England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81, his family has announced. Banks, who revealed in 2016 that he was battling kidney cancer for the second time, died peacefully overnight. A statement issued by former club Stoke on the Banks family’s behalf said: “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.” As well as helping the #ThreeLions to glory in 1966, Gordon will be remembered for THAT save against Brazil four years later. A true England legend 🙌pic.twitter.com/RTDZKaMKBt — England (@England) February 12, 2019 Banks made 510 league a...

Gordon Banks: The World Cup hero who made the ‘greatest ever save’

His status as an all-time great may have been sealed at the 1966 World Cup, but it was the save Gordon Banks produced to deny Pele four years later which became his defining moment on the international stage. The goalkeeper’s spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England’s defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time. Banks, who has died at the age of 81, flung himself to his right and, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele’s powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar. The moment enhanced yet further the reputation of a man who, as an ever present in the triumphant 1966 campaign, made it through to the closing stages of the semi-final...

Five of the greatest goalkeeping saves of all time

Gordon Banks’ stop from Pele is widely regarded as one of the best stops in football history. Former England, Leicester and Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks, a World Cup winner in 1966, is widely regarded as one of the best keepers of all time and his save to deny Pele in 1970 is one of the most famous stops in history. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five of the football’s greatest saves from the likes of Banks, Peter Schmeichel and Rene Higuita. Gordon Banks v Pele, 1970 Gordon Banks produced a wonder-save to deny Pele in 1970 (Stefan Rousseau/PA) Banks’ astonishing save from the Brazilian superstar during their 1970 World Cup clash in Mexico is almost universally acknowledged as the greatest save of all time. Pele’s close-range header was aimin...

In pictures: Gordon Banks – Sports Mole

A gallery looking at some moments in the goalkeeper’s playing career. Gordon Banks, England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke have announced. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at Banks’ playing career which spanned 20 years. After moving from Chesterfield to Leicester, Gordon Banks made a name for himself in the run to the 1961 FA Cup final (PA) He was back at Wembley two years later, but the Foxes again came out second best, losing 3-1 to Manchester United (PA) Banks, here being introduced to The Earl of Harewood, made his England debut in 1963 against Scotland at Wembley (Press Association) The goalkeeper was selected by manager Sir Alf Ramsey as part of England’s 1966 World Cup squad (PA) Despite being beaten twice ...

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