Gordon Banks England goalkeeper died age 81 | Greatest football save in history

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Gordon Banks England goalkeeper died age 81
Gordon Banks England goalkeeper died age 81

Gordon Banks, England’s football goalkeeper when they won in the 1966 World Cup has died age 81 in his sleep on 12 Feb 2019. The news of his passing announced by his former club Stoke City.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said.

“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”

1972 was a sad year for Gordon Banks. He Gordon Banks was involved in a car accident on 22 Oct 1972 that caused him to lose sight in his right eye.

While he was driving home, he tried to overtake a vehicle on a sharp bend and collided with the oncoming vehicle and ended up in a ditch.

Gordon Banks was taken to a hospital and had an operation on both his face and right eye’s socket using stitches.

Unfortunately his sight never returned after his operation and this affected his ability to be a goalkeeper and thus ended up retiring from his football career.

Gordon Banks is well known for making the greatest football save in history in the 1970 World Cup group match, where he successfully denied Pele (Brazil) his goal.

Over social media, tributes are pouring in to pay their respects to Gordon Banks.

 

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