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Gordon Banks - In His Own Words

Gordon Banks #pottersmag

PRIDE OF THE POTTERIES...

“I don’t think I could have come to a friendlier, happier atmosphere than when I came to Stoke City. Tony Waddington, the directors and the players were all fabulous players and it was a side that could play some tremendous football. 

"Peter Dobing, Eric Skeels and George Eastham were truly outstanding individuals.

“It was a side that I had enormous belief in, which is one of the reasons I came here in the first place in favour of arguably more glamorous clubs. 

"Yes I had played at Wembley, yes I had won trophies and yes I had helped England to the World Cup Final, but being part of Stoke City’s first major cup final was incredibly special."

“It was a tremendous feeling walking out of the tunnel at Wembley being part of a remarkable Stoke City side. I was a proud man that day, before a ball had even been kicked. 

"Yes, we were the big underdogs too, because Chelsea were an outstanding side back then, but you just sensed before the game, when a sea of red and white took over the stadium, that maybe it was going to be our day.

“I could not believe what happened that day, it was unbelievable it really was! 

"We deserved the victory, no question. We were better than Chelsea, we knocked it around tremendously well and nobody could argue that the best side on the day had won the game. To bring the trophy back to Stoke-on-Trent was stunning - what a reception we got.

“I will forever remember the feeling of being on that open top bus, driving on the road into Stoke. 

"People were clapping, and I will always remember these two blokes carrying a bloke in his bed. They were carrying him out of the house and on to the curb so that he could see us. It is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life - it was so touching, it really was."

“When we reached the Town Hall, oh my goodness, the crowd there was unbelievable. 

"You couldn’t move an inch, it meant so much to the people of Stoke-on-Trent and it meant so much to me too, and everyone else connected to this wonderful Club of ours.”

The special limited edition publication will be on sale at the bet365 Stadium Club Store and from distributors outside and inside the stadium prior to and during Saturday’s encounter.

Priced at just £3.50, the commemorative Gordon Banks edition of #pottersmag is one that you simply shouldn’t be without!

Supporters not in attendance at the game can also get their hands on a copy simply by clicking HERE.

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