BREAKING NEWS: Sadness as World Cup winner passes away

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

England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

Banks passed away after a long illness, having been undergoing spells of chemotherapy in recent months.

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.

A statement released by his family on Stoke City’s website confirmed: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

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

He passed away with his family at his bedside after his health deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks.

Born in Sheffield, Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, playing for Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke.

A League Cup winner with both the Foxes (1964) and the Potters (1972), Banks was the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, while also being named in FIFA’s World Cup All-Star Team in 1966, after playing a key role in the Three Lions success on home soil.

Banks, a national treasure, was awarded an OBE in 1970.

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