What was Gordon Banks' cause of death, what was the 1966 World Cup winner's greatest ever save?

Banks played 73 times for his country and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

What was Gordon Banks' cause of death?

England's World Cup hero Gordon Banks died on February 12, 2019.

He revealed in 2015 he was fighting kidney cancer for a second time, having lost a kidney to the disease 10 years earlier.

He is survived by his wife Ursula, whom he met during his national service in Germany in 1955, and their three children, Robert, Wendy and Julia.

Confirming his death, his family said in a statement: "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.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time."

What was the 1966 World Cup winner's greatest ever save?

It was "That Save" produced to deny Pele in 1970 which became his defining moment on the international stage.

The goalkeeper's spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England's defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time.

Banks flung himself to his right and, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

England lost the game 1-0 but it's the save that is the abiding memory.

Banks modestly put the save down to fortune rather than skill.

"As soon as I got my hand to it, I thought it was going in the top corner," he told The Telegraph.

"But after I'd landed on the hard floor, I looked up and saw the ball bounce behind the net and that's when I said 'Banksy, you lucky prat'."

Pele later admitted he shouted "gol" as he powered the header down.

“From the moment I headed it, I was sure it had gone in," he said.

"After I headed the ball, I had already began to jump to celebrate the goal.

“Then I looked back and I couldn't believe it hadn't gone in. I have scored more than a thousand goals in my life and the thing people always talk to me about is the one I didn't score."

The BBC's match commentator David Coleman simply said: "What a save. Gordon Banks. He picked that out of the net."

Who was Gordon Banks?

Banks was born on December 30, 1937, and began his senior career playing as goalkeeper at Chesterfield before joining Leicester in 1959.

He stayed there before joining Stoke in 1967 until 1973.

He had 73 England caps and was in goal for the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.

He played in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico where he made "That Save".

He was awarded an OBE the same year.

In 1972 he lost his eye in a car crash, ending his career.



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