Gordon Banks dies at age 81, his former club Stoke City announced his death on Tuesday. He was England’s goalkeeper during the 1966 World Cup campaign.
His family said the 73-times capped Banks, who lost an eye in a car crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.
In a statement his family 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.”
Following the sad news from Gordon Banks’ family, Geoff Hurst who’s now 77 years old tweeted, ””Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died. One of the very greatest,” a fulsome tribute to his old team-mate.
Gordon Banks played in almost every game of the 1966 campaign on home, and he is best known for a wonder save he produced to deny Brazilian star Pele in the 1970 World Cup group match.
“Once I got my hand to it I hadn’t a clue where it was going,” he modestly said afterwards.
Gordon Banks was one of the best, but he’s no more.