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England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

12 Feb 2019 11:34 #369313 by chairman
STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said on Tuesday.

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

Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have played the game, Banks will probably be best remembered for the diving stop he made to deny Brazil's Pele at the 1970 World Cup, which later became known as the "save of the century".

Always tell someone how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last a lifetime.

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12 Feb 2019 13:37 #369317 by ketchim
what a blast from the past : Banks !
wow ...did not emigrate as yet and listened on radio to some of his games.
Littlewoods was the gambling pool that my Dad played on soccer/football !

Rest In Peace , Goalie !

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