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Gordon Bank’s family confirmed this morning the 81-year-old passed away in his sleep. A statement read: “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, who was born in Sheffield, was regarded by many as the best goalkeeper to ever play the game and is well remembered for his wonder save from Brazil legend Pele during the 1970 World Cup. 

He also played every game of England’s 1966 World Cup heroics and won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester before retiring in 1973.

However, the former England stopper could have carried on for longer if not for a car crash in 1972, forcing him to give up the game he loved.

This accident cost him his sight in his right eye, as well his professional career at the age of 34.

Comedian John Bishop broke the news of his passing on Instagram this morning before anyone else. 

He wrote: “Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions. 

“A gentleman and a football legend RIP.”

Soon after Leicester City led tributes on Twitter: “Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81.”

Stoke City also shared the news and included a statement from his family. 

Banks started his career at Chesterfield and went on to make 510 league appearances during his career, winning 73 caps for England – with the highlight coming in 1966.

He also enjoyed a brief spell managing Telford United, before leaving in 1980.



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