Gordon Will Inspire Us - Jones

Gordon Banks

NATHAN JONES believes the pre-match tributes to legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE tomorrow afternoon will serve as an inspiration to his side.

The Potters will be paying homage to the 1966 World Cup winning stopper prior to kick-off on Saturday following his sad passing at the age of 81 last week.

Speaking to the media in the build-up to the game, the Potters boss said: “It’s a really important afternoon for us for lots of reasons.

"However, the most important thing is going out there, doing our jobs and trying to win the game.

“There are so many reasons why we want to do well, but first and foremost, without being disrespectful, I want us to win the game for myself, Stoke City and my players.

“Obviously everything surrounding the game adds extra spice, extra importance and we want to go out there and ensure a fitting tribute to a real legend of the game.

“I can’t use any more superlatives for Gordon because they have already all been used, and have been used by far better people than me."

“We are excited about the game, it is a big Championship at home against Aston Villa - a match that was a Premier League fixture just a few seasons ago.

“What a wonderful occasion it will be, in the relative sunshine, between two huge clubs, with great tradition and celebrating the life and career of one of the sons of this city.

He added: “If the game was fitting for Gordon then it would be a 0-0, but we want it to be an exciting, high-tempo game and one that we are victorious in.”

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