Gordon Banks OBE

Gordon Banks

LAST NIGHT Gordon Banks OBE died in his sleep at the age of 81.

Gordon, one of the heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph and widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever goalkeepers, made almost 200 appearances for City between 1967 and 1973 and since 2000 had been Club president.

A key member of the Potters’ 1972 League Cup winning team, he made Stoke-on-Trent his home and until recently he regularly watched games at the bet365 Stadium.

Chairman Peter Coates said: “Gordon was an iconic figure not only in English football but across the globe and it’s deeply sad that we have lost him.

“It’s not just people of my generation who know how good a goalkeeper he was – people of all ages talked about Gordon reverentially. He was outstanding and it was an absolute privilege to watch him playing for Stoke City.

“He was also a keen advocate for our city, which he made his adopted home, and he will be sadly missed by local people from all walks of life, not just football fans.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gordon’s wife Ursula, his three children Robert, Wendy and Julia and the rest of the Banks family at this time.”

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