Gordon Banks, England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper has died aged 81. A real hero to everyone here at Jammy Toast and regarded as one of the game’s greatest goalies, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England. He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil. Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
Davidd and I are 57 years old next month and during those years we have watched some great sporting events. Today, we would like to continue our series of posts where we recall our memories of those events featuring some of our greatest heroes. We have lived through England winning the World Cup (we were a little young, though), Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, Stoke City winning the League Cup and Botham’s Ashes. Some great times and even more great memories which we hope to share with you during the coming months. Today we would like to share our memories off…
Today we would like to pass on all our thoughts to one of Jammy Toast’s biggest legends; Gordon Banks OBE. The 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper has revealed he is being treated for kidney cancer for a second time. Gordon, 77, is having chemotherapy treatment to try to avoid a transplant. The former Stoke City player made what is regarded as the greatest save in the history of football for England against Pele’s Brazil in the 1970 World Cup. “I am one of many in the country who have it,” Banks said; “I have to battle on.”
Former England World Cup-winning goalkeeper and a great favourite of the bears, Gordon Banks, is to be honoured by a Royal Mail Stamp to celebrate 150 years of the Football Association. Gordon says he feels “very very proud” to feature on the set of stamps which went on sale earlier today. Gordon is one of eleven footballing heroes from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to feature on the new set. The former Leicester, Stoke and Chesterfield goalkeeper said when he thought of all the footballers who have ever played, it was “a real honour”.