Gordon Banks: A World Cup winner who denied Pele with the Save of the Century

Gordon Banks: A World Cup winner who denied Pele with the Save of the Century

12th February 20190Byadmin

Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was not just one of the few Englishmen to have won a World Cup, he was also one of the few to leave Pele dumbfounded.

Having won the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year award for six straight years between 1966 and 1971, Banks was a model of consistency, but he was also a shot-stopper who saved his best for the biggest moments.

A League Cup winner with both Leicester City and Stoke City, Banks recorded four clean sheets at the World Cup in 1966 when Alf Ramsey’s team won the tournament on home soil, and it was in Mexico four years later when he somehow denied Pele with the ‘Save of the Century’.

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