The former Leicester City and Stoke City footballer was 29-years-old when he lifted the FIFA World Cup in 1966 with England.

Regarded as the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th Century after Lev Yashin, Gordon Banks died early on Tuesday, 12th February 2019. Gordon was pivotal in England’s World Cup triumph in 1966. Out of the six games in the tournament, he kept four clean sheets and only let in just three goals in the net.

He started his career with Chesterfield in the Third Division, later playing for Leicester City and Stoke City respectively. He made 606 appearances in 16 years of combined stay at both the clubs, winning two League Cups in 1964 and 1972 with Leicester and Stoke respectively.

Stoke City FC first broke the news of the demise of Gordon Banks on Twitter. As it read, “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”

A Leicester City statement said that they are deeply saddened to learn the death of Gordon Banks OBE.

Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker too conveyed their condolences through Twitter.


Banks played his last game in 1978 for St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland league.