England hero Banks dies aged 81

England hero Banks dies aged 81

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

Banks lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the former striker said: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970".

One of the best goalkeepers in the history of the sport, Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year on six separate occasions and was remembered by many for producing one of the world's greatest saves against Pele in the 1970 World Cup.

Southgate - who reignited the kind of modesty of spirit and fairplay engendered by the 1966 side that has been largely missing in England teams since that era - said he had enjoyed spending time with an "all-time great".

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates said Banks - who played 250 times for The Potters after he joined from Leicester in 1967 - had not been in good health for several weeks.

Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 final, described the goalkeeper as "one of the very greatest".

Three-time World Cup victor Pele said on social media: "I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of".

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Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper who helped England win the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Brazil No 10 drove his header towards the bottom corner of the goal and Banks, flinging himself to his right, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

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

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

"It was particularly special to be with him at a Football Writers' tribute dinner a year ago and wish him well on his 80th birthday".

"I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of. One of the very greatest", he wrote on Twitter.

The former Stoke City man was also incredible at saving penalties.

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