A Stoke statement read: “From the family of Gordon Banks 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.”
The first suggestion that tragic news was incoming came from comedian John Bishop this morning. He tweeted “Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions. A gentleman and a football legend RIP.”
Stoke confirmed the news at 9.45am this morning.
Banks began his footballing career at Chesterfield before joining Leicester in 1959 for £7,000.
It there where he established himself as England’s number one. He won his first international cap in 1963 against Scotland and went on to play 73 times for his country.
Banks played in every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign, including the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.
He spent eight years at Leicester where he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964.
He joined Stoke in 1967 and stayed at the club until his retirement from professional football, winning the League Cup again in 1972.
After retiring Banks lost the sight in his right eye after a car crash.
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