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Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams | Football

Not all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position the country has ever produced. Two or three might have a good shout, but the one over whom there could be no dissent was Gordon Banks.He was, in short, the ideal goalkeeper for any age. Calm but ever alert, organising his defenders, watching his angles, plucking the ball out of the air, anticipating what a forward with the ball at his feet might do next, as brave as a lion in an era when strikers had a licence to intimidate, his qualities were beyond dispute.Gordon Banks obituary Read more For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, he was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the world. He took over that distinction from Lev Yashin, the Russian giant, and handed it on to Dino Zoff, the eternal Italian. Each of them attracted an admiration that transcended national loyalties.Unlike Yashin, who retired at 40, and Zoff, who played in a World Cup final at 40 and a European Cup final at 41, Banks suffered the premature end of his career when a car accident cost him the sight of one eye at 34. Some who saw him could be forgiven for believing that a one-eyed Banks might have been better than most fully sighted goalkeepers.There was another difference, too. Yashin played for Dynamo Moscow, Zoff for Juventus. Banks played for Leicester City and Stoke City, and was thus never in line for the kind of club honours that were virtually guaranteed to the other two. He belonged to a time when clubs from medium-sized provincial cities could sometimes hang on to their star internationals; a time, too, when the real value of even the finest goalkeepers was not reflected in their market price.He had some fine rivals in the old First Division. In his time Manchester United had Alex Stepney, Tottenham had Pat Jennings, Liverpool had Tommy Lawrence, Chelsea had Peter Bonetti, Arsenal had Bob Wilson and Everton had Gordon West. But it was Banks whose presence in the opposing goal made it much less likely your team was going to score that day.In his time at Filbert Street, Matt Gillies supervised a team good enough to win the League Cup. Their opponents in 1964, beaten 4-3 over a two-leg final, were Tony Waddington’s Stoke, whom Banks was to join three years later. He won a second League Cup in 1972, beating Dave Sexton’s star-studded Chelsea as part of a side also including George Eastham, Peter Dobing and Jimmy Greenhoff, a lineup assembled by Waddington with loving care and cherished by aesthetes far beyond the Potteries. Play Video 1:08 Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary If his contribution to the 1966 World Cup finals was not unduly conspicuous, it was because he was a member of a six-man...

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