Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks, OBE (born in Sheffield, December 30, 1937) is considered by many to be one of the best soccer goalkeepers in history. He played a pivotal role in England's World Cup winning team of 1966.


He played with the following clubs:

  • 1955-59 Chesterfield F.C.
  • 1959-67 Leicester City F.C.
  • 1967-72 Stoke City F.C.
  • 1977-78 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
  • 1980 Manager Telford United

He was awarded the OBE in 1972, a few months prior to losing the sight in one eye in a road traffic accident.

Many pundits, especially in Britain, credit Banks with making the best save ever. It came during the 1970 World Cup in a game against Brazil when Pelé executed a downward header, which Banks contrived to scoop away over the crossbar with astonishing agility.