World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Dies In His Sleep At The Age Of 81

| February 12 , 2019 , 17:00 IST

Gordon banks, one of the world's most famous goalkeepers, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 81.

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

Banks of England, as he was popularly known, was widely rated as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers alongside contemporaries Lev Yashin and Dino Zoff.

On top of the World Cup triumph, Banks was named Fifa Goalkeeper of the year for five consecutive years between 1966 and 1971 and was voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in 1972.

Banks twice reached the FA Cup semi-final and won the League Cup title in 1972. He later became president of the football club in 2000, following the death of his predecessor in that role, Sir Stanley Matthews.

He was also remembered for making a remarkable save to deny Brazil striker Pele at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

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Banks began his career at Chesterfield in 1958 and moved to Leicester City the following year. He won his first England cap in 1963, four years before he joined Stoke.

He is survived by his wife Ursula, whom he met during his national service in Germany in 1955, and their three children, Robert, Wendy, and Julia.