Gordon Banks Wiki, Gordon Banks Biography
Gordon Banks Wiki
Gordon Banks OBE was born on 30th December 1937 and died on 11th February 2019. He was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper making 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League and winning 73 caps for England. Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century – after Lev Yashin (1st) and ahead of Dino Zoff (3rd). He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972 and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions. We update all data about Gordon Banks wiki, Gordon Banks Biography, how old is and who is Gordon Banks from a reliable source and other updates maybe publish as soon as available.
Gordon Banks Personal information
|Gordon Banks Full name||Gordon Banks|
|Gordon Banks Date of birth||30 December 1937|
|Gordon Banks Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Gordon Banks Date of death||12th February 2019 (aged 81)|
|Gordon Banks Place of death||Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|Gordon Banks Wife||Ursula Banks|
|Gordon Banks Children||Julia Banks, Robert Banks, Wendy Banks|
|Gordon Banks Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Gordon Banks Playing position||Goalkeeper|
Gordon Banks Biography
Gordon Banks joined Chesterfield in March 1953 and played for their youth team in the 1956 FA Youth Cup final. He made his first-team debut in November 1958 and was sold to Leicester City for £7,000 in July 1959. Banks played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965. During this time he established himself as England’s number one goalkeeper and played every game of the nation’s 1966 World Cup victory. Despite this success, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967. He made one of the memorable saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup but was absent due to illness as England were beaten by West Germany at the quarter-final stage.
He was Stoke’s goalkeeper in the 1972 League Cup win – the club’s only major honor. He was still Stoke and England’s number one when a car crash in October 1972 cost him both the sight in one eye and his professional career. He did though play in the United States for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1977 and 1978. He briefly entered management with Telford United but left the game after he was sacked in December 1980.
Gordon Banks Coaching career
In December 1977 Banks was appointed as a coach at Port Vale by manager Dennis Butler, being demoted to reserve coach in October 1978 by new boss Alan Bloor. He was passionate about coaching but soon resigned his position, feeling that players such as Bernie Wright refused to take his advice on board. He applied for the vacant management positions at Lincoln City and Rotherham United but was rejected. He instead accepted the role as manager of Alliance Premier League part-time club Telford United. He signed a goalkeeper, center-half and center-forward from Bangor City for £1,500, as well as former Stoke striker John Ruggiero. The “Bucks” finished in 13th place in 1979–80.
In November 1980, he left Jackie Mudie in temporary charge of team affairs whilst he underwent surgery, who led the club to defeat in the FA Trophy at the hands of a lower league club. On his return to the club, Banks was sacked. He was offered the position of the raffle-ticket seller, and accepted the post in the belief that it would entitle him to the money owed to him in the terms of his management contract; he eventually had to settle for 50% of his contract. He later stated that “It broke my heart … I did not want to stay in the game.”
Gordon Banks Wife ( Ursula Banks), Children
Banks first met his wife Ursula during his National service in Germany in 1955. They had three children, Julia Banks, Robert Banks, Wendy Banks. During his time in America, he separated from his wife, but the couple reunited when Banks returned to England. Banks’ nephew is Nick Banks, drummer of the band Pulp.
Gordon Banks After Retirement
Shortly after his retirement, Banks was surprised by Eamonn Andrews for an episode of This Is Your Life. He later fronted a Leicester based hospitality company. He lost a significant sum of money when the business failed, but was helped out by Leicester City, who offered him a belated testimonial match. Following the death of Stanley Mathews, he was appointed as Stoke City’s president. Since the 1980s he has been a member of the three-man pool’s panel.
He sold his World Cup winners medal at Christie’s for £124,750, and his international cap from the final was also sold at £27,025 in 2001.
Gordon Banks Honors and Awards
In 2002, Banks was an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame. In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the world’s 125 greatest living footballers. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Keele University in February 2006. In May 2006, Banks was the first “legend” to be inducted into a new Walk of Fame, by having a plaque installed in the pavement in front of Sheffield Town Hall. In July 2008, Pelé unveiled a statue of Banks making his famous 1970 World Cup save outside the Britannia Stadium. In March 2011, he was also inducted into the City of Stoke-on-Trent Hall of Fame, along with Roy Sproson.
In 1980 Banks published his first autobiography, Banks of England. He published a more comprehensive autobiography in 2002: Banksy: My Autobiography. Irish investigative author, Don Mullan, published a boyhood memoir in 2006 called GORDON BANKS: A Hero Who Could Fly in which he wrote about the influence of the England goalkeeper on his life.
Gordon Banks Death and Cause
In December 2015, it was announced he was receiving treatment for kidney cancer. Banks died on 12th February 2019. Stoke said in a statement on their website on Tuesday: “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.”