Gordon Banks, the man who starred in ‘the save of the century’, dies aged 81

Every corner on the planet where a football fan breathes mourn the pass of one of the most iconic goalkeepers in history, Gordon Banks. The English World Cup winner in 1966 will always be remembered as the man who pulled off probably the most famous save ever.

Even though England had succeed in the previous World Cup edition, lifting the trophy at Wembley followed by a controversial extra time in which Geoff Hurst scored, it was at the 1970 World Cup Group Stage when Gordon Banks astonished the crowd in Jalisco with a gorgeous save from Pele’s header.

The England brilliant keeper Gordon Banks had performed well with several fined saves throughout the match, despite he could not avoid Jairzinho’s winning strike.

It was in the first half of the match when Gordon Banks produced the save that stopped the world. Pele thought he had already scored but Gordon Banks defied that belief with a stunning save that Pele himself described as the best he had ever seen.

Defined as one of the greatest momentums ever in the World Cup history, Gordon Banks scrambled across the goal to dive to the net and hit the ball away.

Here is how Gordon Banks remembers the save of the century. Two football legends facing off to set a FIFA World Cup moment for good.

Stoke City posted on Twitter this message to reveal the very sad news for Football family worldwide, starting it from Gordon Bank’s family.

‘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.’

The Special Ones Football Club crew are thankful for all that he has contributed to the football family and this article is a tribute to him. May his soul rest in peace.