Posted on February 13, 2019
England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81, his family has announced.
Banks, who revealed in 2016 that he was battling kidney cancer for the second time, died peacefully overnight.
Before beginning a career in professional football, he served in the Royal Corps of Signals as part of his National Service.
He was a Motorcycle Despatch Rider from 1955 to 1957 in Germany.
During his time with the military, Banks still had sporting success, winning the Rhine Cup.
A statement, issued by former club Stoke City on the Banks family’s behalf, said: “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.
“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”
Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester – with whom he won the League Cup in 1964 – and Stoke before retiring from the professional game at the age of 34 following a road accident which cost him the sight in his right eye, although he later returned briefly to the sport in America.