Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

But Banks, widely considered to be among the greatest goalkeepers ever, produced one of the World Cup's most iconic moments four years later, pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Pele in Mexico City.

Banks, who received 37 of his 73 England caps during his eight years at Filbert Street between 1959 and 1967, is the only Leicester City player to have won the FIFA World Cup while with the Football Club.

The Tinsley-born star had been suffering from kidney cancer and his family announced today that the world cup victor had "passed away peacefully overnight".

We, at Soccer Laduma, send our condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Banks.

"He was of course part of England's only World Cup winning team in 1966".

England's official Twitter account wrote: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away". While it was indeed phenomenal, my memory of Gordon is not defined by that - it is defined by his friendship.

While his slender frame meant he was not the most imposing of goalkeepers, Banks's movement and agility saw him command his area.

Gordon Banks has left this world by leaving us with immortal football memories.

His death was confirmed by his former club Stoke City which tweeted a statement from his family.

Banks is famously known for his outstanding save from Pele during England's quarter final match with Brazil in 1970.

The news prompted a flood of tributes from around the football and sporting world.

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While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend.

Banks, who famously only had one eye, played most of his career for Leicester City and Stoke City, as well as spells with Cleveland Stokers, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and St Patrick's Athletic.

"We've been expecting his, he has been poorly for a number of weeks but it's a very sad day for us, we love him so much", said Coates. "All my thoughts with the family".

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