Former Chesterfield goalkeeper and World Cup hero Gordon Banks dies aged 81

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper and World Cup hero Gordon Banks dies aged 81

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".

"I had the privilege of becoming good friends with him over the years because we are from the same era and he was an opponent of mine on many occasions".

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Announcing the news on Sky, Boulton mistakenly told viewers that the former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer had died. Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times and played 73 times for England.

Despite the 1966 win, he will always be remembered for the remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico.

Pele - who would go on to lift the trophy - admitted later he had said "gol", so sure was he that the ball was heading into the net.

"I knew that I had to come off the line to narrow the angle, then once Pele had punched it with his head down to my right-hand side, I knew I had to get over there very quickly. He was a likeable man, and when it came to business, he was probably the best there has ever been".

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Banks' family released a statement through his former club Stoke City on Tuesday, confirming the 81-year-old had "passed away peacefully overnight".

Captain Bobby Moore, the baby of the team Alan Ball and Ray Wilson preceded him whilst several such as Nobby Stiles and Martin Peters suffer from Alzheimer's.

Banks won 73 caps during a nine-year worldwide career and was part of the England side that won the World Cup on home soil in 1966.

England's World Cup victor Gordon Banks has passed away, aged 81.

He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, but was absent due to illness as England were beaten by West Germany at the quarter-final stage.

Along with the World Cup, Banks twice won the League Cup, once with Leicester and once with Stoke.

"He was incredible and we were lucky to have had him here at Leicester City Football Club".

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