Gordon Banks, left, celebrates with his hands in the air as Bobby Charlton raises the Jules Rimet trophy in the air following England's 4-2 victory after extra time over West Germany in the World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966
Gordon Banks, left, celebrates with his hands in the air as Bobby Charlton raises the Jules Rimet trophy in the air following England's 4-2 victory after extra time over West Germany in the World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966

A look back in pictures at a Sheffield footballing legend, Gordon Banks

As we all recover from the excitement of England playing the the finals of the Euros 2020 tournament at Wembley, we celebrate the life of a Sheffield football legend, Gordon Banks.

Monday, 12th July 2021, 3:19 pm

Goalkeeper Gordon was one of the heroes of the 1966 World Cup, when England beat Germany at Wembley to win the Jules Rimet trophy. He is recognised as one of the greatest goalies of all time.

He was born in Abbeydale in December 1937 but the family moved to Ferrars Road, Tinsley when he was a baby. Gordon was spotted by Chesterfield FC when he was playing for local side Millspaugh. He also played for Leicester and Stoke, where he later became club president, and in the USA, as well as coaching.

Gordon, who died in 2019, spearheaded Sheffield’s bid to bring 2018 World Cup matches to the city and would no doubt have been hugely proud of the current England team and its trio of Sheffield players.

Here’s to the World Cup 2022 and to the Lionesses in the Women’s Euro championships next July, when some games will be played in Sheffield and Rotherham.

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