England World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Dies Aged 81

13 February, 2019, 04:51 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Gordon Banks' famous save for England

Marcelo Bielsa has joined the tributes being made to Gordon Banks, saying the World Cup-winning goalkeeper was part of "the glory of English football".

The 1966 World Cup victor died "peacefully" at the age of 81 on Monday night, his family said in a statement on Tuesday morning. "I had already began to jump to celebrate the goal".

"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.

"A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks #DieMannschaft", it tweeted.

Pele was at the height of his powers when Carlos Alberto's mesmerising team faced defending champions England in the sweltering heat of Guadalajara during the group stages of the 1970 World Cup. Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. You don't get too many like him, and he was immensely modest for all talent.

A post on his official Facebook profile read: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970".

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"Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate, " former England teammate Bobby Charlton said on the Manchester United Twitter account. "You were a fine human being".

"The ball was going in and as I dived I had to anticipate how high it was going to come up from the hard surface". He pushed my header, somehow, up and over. "At first I thought, 'You lucky so-and-so, ' but then I realized it has been a bit special". I can't believe how he moved so far, so fast. He was a kind, warm man who gave so much to people.

He said: "I am glad he saved my header - because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure".

Another England Peter Shilton, who has admitted Banks was one of his main inspirations, has also tweeted: "I'm devastated - today I've lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

"He was the best at that time".

During this time he established himself as England's number one goalkeeper, and played every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory.

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