England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper dies aged 81

He was considered one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

One of the draw assistants at the Russian Federation 2018 Final Draw, Banks shone at both Leicester City and Stoke City, making over 600 appearances between both clubs and winning the League Cup with the both.

The Tinsley-born star had been suffering from kidney cancer and his family announced today that the world cup victor had "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".

Tributes have poured in for the legendary keeper on social media, with many in shock at the news. "The ball actually hit the top of my hand and looked as though it was going into the top of the net".

He was capped 73 times by his country and was an ever-present as Alf Ramsey's team claimed World Cup glory on home soil in 1966.

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For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970.

Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley, tweeted a fulsome tribute to his former team-mate.

"Even though I was on the pitch and have seen it many times since, I still don't know how he saved that header from Pele". "At first I thought, 'You lucky so-and-so, ' but then I realised it has been a bit special".

I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of.

Gordon Banks has died, his family announced.

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"Rest in peace, my friend". But you were also so much more.

Banks won 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made almost 200 appearances for Stoke City before his playing career was brought to an end in a auto crash that cost him his sight in one eye.

But he joked that the former Stoke goalkeeper, who won the League Cup in 1972, should have caught the ball when denying Pele.

"He was of course part of England's only World Cup winning team in 1966".

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