England’s World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

FILE PHOTO: Football – Aldershot Town v Shrewsbury Town – Nationwide Conference Play Off Final – Britannia Stadium , 16/5/04 Giant Nationwide flag which is being signed by Gordon Banks for England during Euro 2004 Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Michael Regan/File Photo

(Reuters) – Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper who helped England win the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said in a statement on Tuesday.

Banks won 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made nearly 200 appearances for Stoke before his playing career was brought to an end due to a car crash that cost him the sight in one eye.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” Stoke said on their official website. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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