One of the very greatest - Charlton, Southgate & Hurst lead Banks tributes

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks

For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970.

Despite a auto crash in 1972, causing him to lose sight in one eye and meaning he never played top-flight football again, Banks was named the second-best keeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

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

"I had the privilege of becoming good friends with him over the years because we are from the same era and he was an opponent of mine on many occasions".

Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer's most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil.

He's also the glory of world football.

Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the football league and won 73 caps for England.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", his family said.

The world of football is mourning the death of Gordon Banks this Tuesday, with the England World Cup victor having died aged 81.

Pele has paid tribute to the late England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, recounting his experience of "one of the best saves" he has ever seen.

"But then this man, Banks, appeared in my sight, like a kind of blue phantom, is how I described him".

"Gordon, who started his career at Chesterfield, was of course part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team".

He added that Banks was an England "legend" and his legacy would live on.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks".

On learning of his old mucker's passing, the 78-year-old Brazilian icon took to Facebook to share his thoughts, revealing that he remains "glad" Banks saved his shot, for it kick-started decades of friendship between the two.

The former Stoke City man was also incredible at saving penalties.

"Even though they never knighted him, he was always a Sir to us, and he always will be", said Glen Rushton, 67, leaving a wreath at the statue.

"He was one of the game's greatest goalkeepers, a provider of stunning World Cup memories & a gentleman".

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