Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks OBE
Gordon Banks 2007.jpg
Banks pictured in 2007
Personal information
Full nameGordon Banks[1]
Date of birth(1937-12-30)30 December 1937[1]
Place of birthAbbeydale, Sheffield, England
Date of death12 February 2019(2019-02-12) (aged 81)
Place of deathStoke-on-Trent, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Youth career
1953Millspaugh
1953Rawmarsh Welfare
1953Millspaugh
1953–1958Chesterfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1958–1959Chesterfield23(0)
1959–1967Leicester City293(0)
1967–1973Stoke City194(0)
1967Cleveland Stokers (loan)7(0)
1971Hellenic (loan)3(0)
1977–1978Fort Lauderdale Strikers37(0)
1977St Patrick's Athletic (loan)1(0)
Total558(0)
National team
1961England U232(0)
1963–1972England73(0)
Teams managed
1979–1980Telford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gordon Banks OBE (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for England, highlighted by starting every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory.

Banks joined Chesterfield in March 1953, and played for their youth team in the 1956 FA Youth Cup final. He made his first team debut in November 1958, and was sold to Leicester City for £7,000 in July 1959. He played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965. Despite this success, and his World Cup win in 1966, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967. In the 1970 World Cup,[2][3][4] he made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal, but was absent due to illness as England were beaten by West Germany at the quarter-final stage.

Banks was Stoke City's goalkeeper in the 1972 League Cup win—the club's only major honour. He was still Stoke and England's number one when a car crash in October 1972 cost him both the sight in his right eye and eventually his professional career. He played two last seasons in the United States for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1977 and 1978, and despite only having vision in one eye, was NASL Goalkeeper of the Year in 1977 after posting the best defensive record in the league. He briefly entered management with Telford United, but left the game in December 1980.

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Banks was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions. The IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century, after Lev Yashin (1st) and ahead of Dino Zoff (3rd).[5]

Early life

Banks was born in Abbeydale, Sheffield, and brought up in the working-class area of Tinsley.[6] The family later moved to the village of Catcliffe after his father set up a (then-illegal) betting shop.[7] This brought greater prosperity but also misery; one day Banks's disabled brother was mugged for the shop's daily takings, and died of his injuries some weeks later.[8] Banks left school in December 1952, aged 15, and took up employment as a bagger with a local coal merchant, which helped to build up his upper body strength.[9] He spent a season playing for amateur side Millspaugh after their regular goalkeeper failed to turn up for a match; the club's trainer spotted Banks amongst the spectators and invited him to play in goal as he was aware that Banks had previously played for Sheffield Schoolboys.[9] His performances there earned him a game in the Yorkshire League for Rawmarsh Welfare, however a 12–2 defeat to Stocksbridge Works on his debut was followed by a 3–1 home defeat, and he was dropped by Rawmarsh and returned to Millspaugh.[10] Still aged 15, he then switched jobs to become a hod carrier.[10]

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