LONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the Global Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was once additionally recognized for blockading a shot from Pele that many imagine to be the best save in football historical past, has died. He was once 81.

English football membership Stoke, one in all Banks’ former groups, posted a remark from his circle of relatives on Twitter on Tuesday.

“It’s with nice unhappiness that we announce that Gordon kicked the bucket peacefully in a single day,” the remark on Twitter mentioned. “We’re devastated to lose him however we now have such a lot of satisfied reminiscences and may just no longer were extra pleased with him.”

No reason behind loss of life was once given.

Identified for his reflexes, Banks was once one in all English football’s maximum respected avid gamers after serving to the crew win the 1966 Global Cup on house soil. He conceded just one purpose in 5 video games ahead of England beat West Germany Four-2 within the ultimate at Wembley Stadium.

4 years later on the subsequent Global Cup in Mexico, Banks scurried throughout his line and dived to his proper in an try to prevent a downward header from Pele. Banks controlled to achieve the low ball his proper hand and scoop it over the crossbar.

“Pele if truth be told shouted ‘Function’ as he headed it,” Banks later mentioned.

The England crew Twitter account posted a video of the save on Tuesday.

“In addition to serving to the #ThreeLions to glory in 1966, Gordon will likely be remembered for THAT save in opposition to Brazil 4 years later. A real England legend,” the England crew wrote along the video.

Brazil sooner or later gained that team recreation 1-Zero after which went directly to win its 3rd Global Cup name.

Banks had performed in 73 internationals when he was once pressured to retire in 1972, on the age of 35, after dropping the sight in his proper eye in a automobile twist of fate. He misplaced one in all his kidneys to most cancers in 2005 and printed in 2015 that he was once going through any other combat in opposition to most cancers.

“If I may just make a save like the only in opposition to Pele, whilst taking part in in opposition to the best on the earth, then I will combat thru this well being downside,” Banks mentioned then.

“Banksie,” as he was once recognized, began his membership occupation at Chesterfield ahead of spells with Leicester (1959-67) and Stoke (1967-73) within the best department of English football.


Douglas reported from Are, Sweden.


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