Stoke City players and staff hold emotional minute’s silence for club legend Gordon Banks after England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper dies at the age of 81
- Stoke’s first-team and academy squads, plus club coaches and staff, held a minute’s silence for Gordon Banks
- They gathered around the centre circle of a training ground pitch on Tuesday morning to pay their respects
- Former goalkeeper Banks, who has died aged 81, played 250 times for the Potters between 1967 and 1973
- He helped Stoke win the League Cup in 1972, when they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final at Wembley
- The iconic shot-stopper’s finest hour also came at Wembley when England lifted the World Cup in 1966
Stoke City‘s first-team squad and staff have paid emotional tribute to the late Gordon Banks with a minute’s silence before training on Tuesday morning.
Manager Nathan Jones was joined by chief executive Tony Scholes plus academy players and coaches to pay their respects to the legendary goalkeeper, who died on Monday night aged 81.
Banks, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, played 250 times for Stoke between 1967 and 1973.
Stoke City’s first-team and academy squads, plus coaching and club staff, held a minute’s silence in memory of Gordon Banks
Stoke supporters left red and white scarves, plus floral tributes, at the statue of the legendary World-Cup winning keeper
Scarves, gloves and a ‘Banks 1’ shirt were among the tributes left underneath the statue of Banks at the Bet365 Stadium
Banks, who played 250 times for Stoke and won the League Cup with the Potters in 1972, is immortalised with a statue
Stoke supporters tied red and white scarves to the statue of Banks outside their Bet365 Stadium, with others leaving floral tributes to the club legend.
Banks was also a member of the Stoke side that won the League Cup in 1972 when they defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, and had served as the club’s president since 2000.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates said: ‘Gordon was an iconic figure not only in English football but across the globe and it’s deeply sad that we have lost him.
‘It’s not just people of my generation who know how good a goalkeeper he was – people of all ages talked about Gordon reverentially. He was outstanding and it was an absolute privilege to watch him playing for Stoke City.’He was also a keen advocate for our city, which he made his adopted home, and he will be sadly missed by local people from all walks of life, not just football fans.
‘Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gordon’s wife Ursula, his three children Robert, Wendy and Julia and the rest of the Banks family at this time.’
ENGLAND LEGEND GORDON BANKS DIES AGED 81
In 1970 came the greatest save of all time against Pele, who shouted ‘goal’ when he headed it towards goal but could not beat Banks in the World Cup group stages in Mexico
The England 1966 World Cup winner pictured with the team, closest to Bobby Moore and Roger Hunt, holding the Jules Rimet trophy after beating West Germany 4-2. He is now the fourth member of the team to pass away
Pictured with wife Ursula in 2002, left, and 2016 at Wimbledon, right, Banks lost battle with cancer after fighting the disease since at least 2015
Regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers of all-time, Banks won 73 caps for England and is perhaps best known for his miraculous save to deny the Brazilian great Pele at the 1970 World Cup.
‘It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,’ his family said announcing the news.
‘We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.’
Banks is the fourth member of the England 1966 team to have died following Bobby Moore, Ray Wilson and Alan Ball.
Banks hugs Sir Bobby Charlton after they beat Northern Ireland at Wembley in 1970 – Sir Bobby today spoke of his pride at playing with Gordon at two World Cups and his awe at the famous ‘save of the century’