Football legend Gordon Banks to be honoured in Sheffield

Goalkeeping star Banks was awarded Sheffield Legend status with the first ever star installed on the city’s hall of fame after a career that included his appearance in the immortal 1966 World Cup Final victory over Germany in 1966.

Born in Abbeydale in 1937 and raised in Tinsley, Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for England, highlighted by starting every game of the nation’s 1966 World Cup victory.

Banks played for Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke before moving to America to play for Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

After the 1962 World Cup in Chile, a new coach was appointed in former England right-back Alf Ramsey. Banks won his first cap on 6 April 1963 against Scotland at Wembley. He was first choice goalkeeper for England in both 1966 and 1970 World Cup campaigns, making a wonder save against Pele in the latter tournament.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “The people of Sheffield are sad to hear of the loss this week of Gordon Banks – one of the city’s most famous sons. Gordon was born and grew up in Sheffield and the city is very proud of his many achievements – including being the only England goalkeeper to win the World Cup.

“We have committed to mark his achievements and are currently in discussions with the FA about how this could best be done. Consultation with Gordon’s family will take place before any decisions are made and we will keep people informed of any plans as they develop.”

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