England’s World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

Gordon Banks is probably best known for a wonder save he produced to deny football legend Pele in a 1970 World Cup group match in Mexico that Brazil won 1-0. (AFP pic)

STOKE-ON-TRENT: 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.

Banks won 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made nearly 200 appearances for Stoke before his playing career was brought to an end due to a car crash that cost him the sight in one eye.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” Stoke said on their official website https://www.stokecityfc.com/news/from-the-family-of-gordon-banks. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”