Chesterfield FC to pay tribute to Sheffield World Cup legend Gordon Banks before match with Harrogate
Chesterfield FC, a former team of Sheffield World Cup legend Gordon Banks, are set to pay tribute to the goalkeeper before their league match today.
The Proact Stadium will erupt with a minute’s applause later today in memory of the Tinsley-born star who died earlier this month aged 81.
Banks began his professional career at Chesterfield in March 1953, after being spotted by a scout and signing for the youth team towards the end of the successful 1952-53 season.
He later went on to become part of the Spireites side that reached the 1956 FA Youth Cup final and after making his first-team debut for the Third Division club in November 1959 he left to club in a £7,000 move to Leicester.
His crowning glory came in the summer of 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final to turn him into a household name and national hero.
He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a car crash cost him his sight in one eye.
Banks also feature on the match programme at the league game between Chesterfield FC and Harrogate Town which is due to kick off at 3pm today, February 23.