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In pictures: Gordon Banks – Sports Mole

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 come out second best, losing 3-1 to Manchester United
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
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
The goalkeeper was selected by manager Sir Alf Ramsey as part of England’s 1966 World Cup squad (PA)
Despite being beaten twice in the final, Banks and England went on to lift the tournament, defeating Germany 4-2
Despite being beaten twice in the final, Banks and England went on to lift the trophy, defeating Germany 4-2 (PA)
Banks saved from the penalty spot to deny England team-mate Geoff Hurst in new club Stoke's run to winning the League Cup in 1973
Banks saved from the penalty spot to deny England team-mate Geoff Hurst in new club Stoke’s run to winning the League Cup in 1972 (PA)
While with Stoke, he was awarded the Football Writers' Association player of the year award in 1973
While with Stoke, he was awarded the Football Writers’ Association player of the year award in 1972 (PA)
He sold his 1966 medal in 2001 for a six-figure sum at an auction to raise money for his family
He sold his 1966 medal in 2001 for a six-figure sum at an auction to raise money for his family (Toby Melville/PA)
Having made over 200 appearances for Stoke, Banks was awarded with a statue outside the Britannia Stadium
Having made more than 200 appearances for Stoke, Banks was awarded with a statue outside the Britannia Stadium (Dave Thompson/PA)

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