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Pride and Privilege

Gordon Banks Funeral

NATHAN JONES has revealed that attending the funeral of Gordon Banks only served to reinforce the pride he feels in being manager of Stoke City.

The Welshman was among the hundreds of mourners who packed into Stoke Minster earlier this week to say farewell to the legendary City and England goalkeeper, who passed away last month aged 81.

The city of Stoke-on-Trent and the world of football came together to celebrate Gordon’s extraordinary life and Jones was grateful to be a part of it.

He said: “It was a wonderful occasion, and as sad as it was, the community really showed how proud they were of him.

“To have lost somebody so close to the Club has been difficult but this Club has been remarkable in the way that it has handled the past two or three weeks.

“I am very proud to be the Stoke City manager in these moments. What a wonderful community Club this is. It was a fitting send off and I was proud and privileged to have been part of it.”

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