Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

England World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Has Died

England World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Has Died

A statement released by his family via one of his former clubs Stoke City said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight".

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.

Widely recognised as one of the finest goalkeepers in the history of the game, Banks produced one of the World Cup's most iconic moments four years later by pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Brazil great Pele in Mexico City.

Banks racked up 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League and won 73 caps for his country.

Former England and Leicester striker, Gary Lineker wrote on social media: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died".

'@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon'.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks".

Fellow ex-England global Ray Parlour, meanwhile, hailed his save against Pele as the "best ever": 'More sad news in the football world.

England's official Twitter account tweeted: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away".

"Gordon will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time".

Leicester City - one of his former clubs - posted they were saddened to hear of the news, while existing Foxes man Harry Maguire called Banks "a legend".

"The loss of the greatest goalkeeper of all time, a true gentleman and loyal Stoke City legend".

Banks' former England team-mate and successor between the stick Peter Shilton was devastated with the news, tweeted: "I'm devastated - today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

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