Gordon Banks' funeral takes place at Stoke Minster

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Thousands turned out to say good-bye to Gordon Banks as his World Cup-winning teammates attended the legendary goalkeeper's funeral

The funeral of Gordon Banks took place in Stoke on Monday, with his 1966 World Cup-winning team-mates among those to pay their respects.

The former England and Stoke City goalkeeper died, aged 81, on February 12 and is to be laid to rest following a service, which was by invitation only, at Stoke Minster.

Sir Geoff Hurst, Roger Hunt, Sir Bobby Charlton and his brother Jack were all in attendance for the funeral, with Banks' coffin carried into the service by the current number one goalkeepers of the three clubs he represented, with England stalwart Joe Hart also a pall-bearer.

Sir Geoff Hurst attends the funeral of Gordon Banks on March 04, 2019
Image: Sir Geoff Hurst was among the mourners at the funeral service

Jack Butland (Stoke), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Joe Anyon (Chesterfield) and Hart (England) carried the coffin in a touching tribute to Banks' career.

Pallbearers Joe Anyon, Kasper Schmeichel, Jack Butland and Joe Hart carry Banks' coffin after the funeral service at Stoke Minister
Image: Joe Anyon, Kasper Schmeichel, Jack Butland and Joe Hart carry Banks' coffin

Stoke club captain Ryan Shawcross and team-mates Joe Allen, Bruno Martins Indi, Charlie Adam, Tom Edwards and Mame Diouf formed a guard of honour, along with Banks' team-mates from their 1972 team, as his coffin was carried into Stoke Minster.

World Cup hat-trick hero Hurst and Stoke City chairman Peter Coates were among keynote speakers.

The funeral cortege of former Stoke City and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks makes its way along the front of the West Stand at the bet365 Stadium
Image: The funeral cortege of former Stoke City and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks makes its way along the front of the West Stand at the bet365 Stadium

Hundreds were in attendance at Stoke's bet365 Stadium where the funeral cortege entered at around 11.30am and stopped at the pitch side dugout, to sustained applause from the assembled crowd, before leaving on a 10-mile route around the streets of Stoke-on-Trent.

The various achievements of Banks, who also won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, were displayed on the big screen as a chant of 'England's number one' broke out.

A Stoke City fan with an order of service for former Stoke City and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks at the bet365 Stadium
Image: A Stoke City fan with an order of service for former Stoke City and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks at the bet365 Stadium

Sheffield-born Banks made nearly 200 appearances for Stoke and he was named the club's president following the death of Sir Stanley Matthews at the turn of the century.

Banks' statue outside the stadium was a centre of tributes, with the monument adorned with Stoke and England scarves.

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