Sheffield legend and England World Cup hero Gordon Banks dies aged 81

Sheffield legend and England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 09:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 09:47 am

The Tinsley-born star revealed in December 2015 that he was suffering from kidney cancer but continued to make personal appearances since his diagnosis. 

He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

Gordon Banks pictured during The SJA British Sports Awards 2017 (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Banks was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions.

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After beginning his career at Chesterfield in March 1953, 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 was born and brought up in Tinsley, later moving to Catcliffe and began his football career with Sheffield Schoolboys.