LONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper who helped England win its only World Cup in 1966, has died. He was 81.
English soccer club Stoke posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement on Twitter said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
Banks, who was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and made 73 appearances for England, played in every game of the 1966 World Cup, culminating in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium.
Four years later at the next World Cup, Banks saved a shot from Brazil great Pele, keeping a powerful header out of goal with one hand. Many consider it to be the greatest save of all time.