England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81, confirms his family in a statement. Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times, and earned 73 caps for England.
He was born in Sheffield, and won the League title with Stoke and Leicester before retiring in 1973. He joined Leicester for £7,000 in 1959, and earned his first international cap in 1963.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
In eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967. He stayed at the Potters until his retirement from professional football, winning the League Cup again in 1972, the club’s only major honour.
Banks played every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign for England, which culminated in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the final.
In 2015, he confirmed that he had kidney cancer.