STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England’s 1966 World Cup-winning staff, has died on the age of 81, his former membership Stoke Metropolis stated on Tuesday.
Banks received 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made almost 200 appearances for Stoke earlier than his enjoying profession was delivered to an finish because of a automotive crash that price him the sight in a single eye.
He was extensively thought to be one of many biggest goalkeepers to have performed the sport and will probably be greatest remembered for the diving cease he made to disclaim Brazil’s Pele on the 1970 World Cup, which later grew to become referred to as the “save of the century”.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that we announce that Gordon handed away peacefully in a single day,” Banks’ household stated in an announcement posted on Stoke’s official web site https://www.stokecityfc.com/information/from-the-family-of-gordon-banks.
“We’re devastated to lose him however we’ve so many joyful reminiscences and couldn’t have been extra happy with him.”
Banks performed each recreation within the 1966 World Cup together with the 4-2 victory over West Germany within the last at Wembley — the one time England has received the world title.
4 years later although, in Mexico, he produced one of the vital excellent saves within the historical past of the match in a gaggle recreation between England and Brazil, which Brazil received 1-0.
Pele rose to go a cross from the byline by right-winger Jairzinho, thundering the header down in the direction of Banks’ proper hand put up.
The ball gave the impression to be previous Banks however his agility and power noticed him get down and palm it excessive and large to security.
Pele travelled to Stoke 38 years later to unveil a statue to Banks and recalled the save.
“From the second I headed it, I used to be positive it had gone in,” he stated.
“After I headed the ball, I had already started to leap to have a good time the aim. Then I appeared again and I could not consider it hadn’t gone in. I’ve scored greater than a thousand targets in my life and the factor folks all the time speak to me about is the one I did not rating,” he stated.
Banks recalled the second modestly as a chunk of fine fortune.
“As quickly as I obtained my hand to it, I believed it was going within the prime nook,” he stated.
“However after I might landed on the laborious flooring, I appeared up and noticed the ball bounce behind the online and that is once I stated: Banksy, you fortunate prat.”
The Sheffield-born Banks started his profession at Chesterfield in 1958 and moved to Leicester Metropolis the next 12 months. He received his first England cap in 1963, 4 years earlier than he joined Stoke.
Banks retired in 1973 following the automotive crash, aged solely 33, however 4 years later he returned to play within the North American Soccer League with Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
The German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) paid tribute to Banks on, saying on Twitter: “A fierce opponent and a great man. Relaxation in peace, Gordon Banks.” (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Sudipto Ganguly and Angus MacSwan)