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

12 February 2019

The world of football is mourning the death of Gordon Banks this Tuesday, with the England World Cup victor having died aged 81.

Gordon Bank's family confirmed this morning the 81-year-old passed away in his sleep.

'We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him'.

Commonly regarded as one of, if not, the best in his position, Banks was named as Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times.

In December, Banks took on the role of "FIFA Legend" to take part in the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Final Draw in Moscow.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time".

Gordon Banks goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup victory over the then West Germany has died aged 81 his former club Stoke City announced on 12 February 2019.

"Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".

England's top goalscorer in World Cup finals Gary Lineker posted a heartfelt message to his "hero" Banks, while hailing him as one of the greatest to play the sport.

Banks was named the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), behind Lev Yashin. "Even though I was on the pitch I still don't know how he saved that header from Pele".

He was sold to Stoke for £50,000 in 1967, helping them win the League Cup in 1972.

His global and top-flight career ended in 1972 following a vehicle accident, which resulted in Banks losing sight in his right eye at the age of just 33.

While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend.

England's 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst said: "Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died". RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

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