Gordon Banks remembered with Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst leading tributes
Banks 'passed away peacefully overnight', his family announced on Tuesday morning
Last Updated: 12/02/19 4:01pm
England World Cup-winners Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst led the tributes for former team-mate Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81.
The goalkeeper made 73 international appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup after England's 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.
He was also remembered for making a remarkable save to deny Brazil striker Pele at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Banks played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967, where he made 194 appearances in six years at the club.
In the wake of his death, the footballing world has paid tribute to the 81-year-old.
Charlton said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had. I was proud to call him a team-mate."
Hurst tweeted: "Very sad to hear the news Gordon has died. One of the very greatest.
"Sad for football, Stoke City and England fans. Will be very sadly missed."
England manager Gareth Southgate also reacted to the news, saying: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing.
"An all-time great for England, I was privileged enough to be in his company on a number of occasions."
Fellow former England 'keeper Peter Shilton told Sky Sport News he was in "shock" following the death of Banks.
Shilton, who also played for Leicester, said: "Gordon was a hero when I was a youngster watching Leicester.
"I eventually joined the club and became his understudy at 16. In that era he was just a great goalkeeper."
The EFL says there will be a period of applause ahead of all fixtures between Tuesday 12 February and Sunday 17 February in celebration of Banks' life
I’m devastated - today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) February 12, 2019
The sad news reaches us that legendary former Spireite Gordon Banks has passed away. Gordon, who started his career at Chesterfield, was of course part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team. Our thoughts are with Gordon’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/bFGzevFIsz— Chesterfield FC (@ChesterfieldFC) February 12, 2019
So sorry to hear the news of my good friend gordon banks who passed away a few hrs ago myself and @Shanewh1tfield and all at kong events send our condolences what a loss & an unbelievable goal keeper & an incredible man a really true gentleman RIP mate 😪xxGAZZAxxx pic.twitter.com/GvkHzb8Dyz— Paul Gascoigne (@Paul_Gascoigne8) February 12, 2019
This is such sad news someone I looked up to and a great mentor. I had the honour of training with him in his last couple of years with England. Definitely England’s greatest goalkeeper and will be sadly missed, wonderful man. Thoughts are with family and friends #RIP— Ray Clemence (@RayClem1) February 12, 2019