Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

"Rest in peace, my friend".

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

Banks is famously known for his outstanding save from Pele during England's quarter final match with Brazil in 1970.

Banks' family released a statement through his former club Stoke City on Tuesday, confirming the 81-year-old had "passed away peacefully overnight". As one of the finest goalkeepers in football history, Gordon will not only be remembered for his performances on the pitch but also as a champion and gentleman off the pitch. You don't get too many like him, and he was immensely modest for all talent. "I have scored more than a thousand goals in my life, and the thing people always talk to me about is the one I didn't score", he said. "The ball actually hit the top of my hand and looked as though it was going into the top of the net". He had left by the time I arrived, but when you're as good as he was and achieve what he did, you leave a legacy wherever you go.

"After I headed the ball, I had already began to jump to celebrate the goal".

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Charlton, the driving force in the '66 team, led the praise, saying "I was proud to call him a team-mate".

"I patted him on his head, and I said 'why didn't you catch it?' and the abuse that came back was unbelievable", said Mullery. And I couldn't believe what I saw.

"So I am glad he saved my header - because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure".

Banks is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time and was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times, having earned 73 caps for England. He played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965.

He made his worldwide debut in 1963 and though he was not the headline-grabber in a high-scoring 4-2 victory in the Final of the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the contribution he made to the hosts' conquest throughout the tournament was irrefutable.

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