2/12/2019 2:11:27 PM (GMT+3)

1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks passes away

1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks passes away

LONDON: England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks passed away in his sleep on Tuesday. He was 81.

Banks, who lost an eye in a car crash in 1972, is best remembered for that iconic save he produced to deny Brazilian great Pele at the 1970 World Cup.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said in a statement.

Banks played Stoke City and Leicester City throughout his career.

“Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died. One of the very greatest,” tweeted his former team-mate and hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst.

The 77-year-old had scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley.

“We are devastated to lose him, but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him,” said Hurst.

Captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson are the other members from that 1966 team had already died.