Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks

English goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 30.12.1937
Country: Great Britain

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Biography of Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks is a former English footballer and goalkeeper. He was born on December 30, 1937, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. Banks came from a simple working-class family and grew up in the town of Tamworth. He began his football career at a young age and made his debut as a goalkeeper at the age of 15. He started playing for the Millspaugh team before moving to Roamarsh Welfare in the Yorkshire Amateur League.

In 1955, Banks was signed by Chesterfield, a club in the English third division. In the following years, he quickly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in England. In 1959, he was acquired by Leicester City, a team competing in the top division. Banks played a crucial role in Leicester City's success, reaching the final of the FA Youth Cup and becoming a key player for the club. In April 1967, he transferred to Stoke City and continued to excel as a goalkeeper.

Banks represented England in international competitions, including the World Cups in 1962, 1966 (where England won the tournament), and 1970. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his time. In fact, according to a referendum conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) among football experts, Banks was ranked second on the list of the greatest goalkeepers of the 20th century, just behind Lev Yashin.

In 1972, at the age of 34, Banks suffered a tragic car accident which resulted in the loss of his right eye. Despite this setback, he continued to be involved in football, working as a coach and manager for various clubs. Banks returned to England from the United States in 1978 and took on coaching roles at different clubs, including Port Vale and Telford United.

Today, Gordon Banks resides in Madeley, Cheshire, with his wife Ursula and their three children. He is known for his calm and friendly personality, and he has embraced the recognition he received throughout his career, including being named the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS. Banks's remarkable saves and his legendary save against Pelé in the 1970 World Cup are still celebrated as iconic moments in football history.

Career highlights:

  • Winner of the 1966 World Cup with England
  • Third-place finish in the 1968 European Championship
  • Winner of the FA Cup in 1961 and 1963

Individual achievements:

  • Named the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS
  • Voted the best footballer in England in 1972
  • Included in the FIFA 100 list by Pelé in 2004

Despite retiring from professional football, Banks's legacy as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time remains intact. His record of seven consecutive clean sheets in international matches for England still stands to this day, and his save against Pelé is considered one of the greatest moments in football history.