Former Stoke City player Gordon Banks waves to the crowd before the game Action Images via Reuters / Alex Morton
CAIRO – 12 February 2019: England historic goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81.
Banks is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game and he was among the English national team that won 1966 World Cup at home.
Banks started his career with football in Chesterfield before joining Leicester City in 1959 where he stayed for 8 years and then he went to play for Stoke City where he retired from the game in 1973.
Banks returned to the game in 1977 to play one year for American Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he won the NASL Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Banks’ best achievement was winning 1966 World Cup title, the only World Cup title in the nation’s history.
The highlight of his career was his historic save of Pele’s powerful header during their game at 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Despite losing the game, Banks’ save is considered the best in the World Cup history.