Legendary England keeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Legendary England keeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

By David Beddows | 12/02/2019

Legendary England keeper Gordon Banks dies at 81
Gordon Banks (centre) officially launching the first phase of housing at Waverley in 2012

ENGLAND’S 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.

Brought up in Tinsley, Banks earned 73 international caps and became best known for his breathtaking save from Pele against Brazil in the 1970 World Cup. 

He was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times.

After his early years in Tinsley, Banks and his family moved to Catcliffe. As a youth he had a spell with Rawmarsh Welfare in the Yorkshire League before going on to make his mark in the game.

He started his career at Chesterfield and joined Leicester in 1959 for £7,000 where he cemented a position as England’s number one, earning his first international cap in 1963 against Scotland.

Banks won the League Cup with Leicester and Stoke and played every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign which culminated in the historic 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.

He stayed at the Potters until his retirement from professional football, winning the League Cup in 1972, the club's only major honour. Later that year he lost the sight in his right eye after a car crash.

In 2012 a housing development at the growing Waverley community was named The Banks in the great keeper’s honour.


The site is where Orgreave pit stood — and Banks worked there as a coal bagger between leaving school and beginning his professional football career.

His family said in a statement: “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.”