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Gordon Banks dies 2019 at age 81 - Obituary

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Gordon Banks' famous save for England

Gordon Banks is probably best known for a wonder save he produced to deny football legend Pele in a 1970 World Cup group match in Mexico that Brazil won 1-0.

Leicester City, for whom Banks made 293 league appearances for, then tweeted: "Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81".

Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper who helped England win the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said in a statement on Tuesday.

England World Cup victor Gordon Banks passed away on Tuesday, and Brazil great Pele penned a touching tribute to his friend. While it was indeed phenomenal, my memory of Gordon is not defined by that - it is defined by his friendship.

The England team Twitter account posted a video of the save on Tuesday.

He is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

Victor of the 1966 World Cup with England, victor of the league cup with Stoke city in 1972.

Capped 73 times for England, Banks was a pivotal player in the 1966 World Cup triumph.

"An all-time great for England, " current England coach Gareth Southgate said.

Despite a auto crash in 1972, causing him to lose sight in one eye and meaning he never played top-flight football again, Banks was named the second-best keeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

"A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks #DieMannschaft", it tweeted.

"A true legend of the game". He will be greatly missed by the footballing world and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

His family said the 73-times capped Banks, who lost an eye in a auto crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep. 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.

"He was one of the game's greatest goalkeepers, a provider of stunning World Cup memories & a gentleman". Greatest English keeper to have ever lived?

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