Gordon Banks: England World Cup-winner Dies Aged 81
England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.
Regarded as one of the game’s greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.
Banks made 73 international appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany.
Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said.
“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
Banks lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.