World Cup winning goalie, Gordon Banks, dies

Written by on February 12, 2019

Gordon Banks OBE, who played in goal for England in the 1966 triumph over West Germany, has died at the age of 81. He managed Telford United between 1979 and 1980.

A statement issued this morning by his former club Stoke City on behalf of his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

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

Banks was born in Catcliffe, Rotherham in South Yorkshire and played for Chesterfield (1958–1959), Leicester City (1959–1967), Stoke City (1967-1973). During a glittering career he was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England. He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign, including in the 4-2 triumph over West Germany at the final at Wembley.

He retired from professional football in 1973 but went on to play for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the United States (1977-1978).

His only spell in football management was at Telford United from 1979-1980. The club issued a statement this morning saying:

“All at AFC Telford United are saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Banks, aged 81. After a glittering playing career, where he won the 1966 World Cup with England, he went on to manage Telford United between 1979 and 1980. We send best wishes and condolences to his family.”

Banks was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015. He leaves behind wife Ursula and their three children, Julia, Robert and Wendy.

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