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GORDON BANKS O.B.E.
Gordon Banks was born in Sheffield on 30 December 1937 and began his playing career with Sheffield Schools; then Millspout Steel Works and in 1955 Chesterfield aquired his services. He stayed with Chesterfield for four seasons before being transferred to Leicester City in May 1959 for £6,000. It was here that Banks helped the club to reach the 1961 and 1963 F.A.Cup finals and the 1964 and 1965 Football League Cup finals. In April 1967 he transferred to Stoke City for £52,000 and helped the club win the 1972 Football League Cup.
Banks' reputation as a goalkeeper with excellent handling and acute reflexes was witnessed during England's triumph in the 1966 World Cup Tournament. However, it was his performance in the 1970 World Cup Tournament that produced one of the most outstanding saves ever by any goalkeeper, when he somehow got down quickly and flipped over the bar what should have been a perfect headed goal from Pele during England's match against Brazil on 7 June 1970 at Guadalajara, when Brazil defeated England 1-0
In 1973, Banks sustained a severe eye injury from a road accident. His career then turned towards coaching and managing various Midlands-based teams, including: Port Vale Reserves (December 1978-79); Telford United General Manager (January-September 1980) and Stoke City specialist goalkeeper coach from February 1982.
THE FOLLOWING SIX LOTS RELATE TO THE CAREER OF GORDON BANKS
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England started the 1966 competiton as one of the favorites, due partly to the fact that the tournament was held on home soil, and began their group qualifying games with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay. In the two remaining group qualifying matches England defeated Mexico and France 2-0 in both games. In the quarter-final match against Argentina Geoff Hurst scored the only goal of an explosive match thirteen minutes from the end. England's opponents in the semi-final were Portugal who had the wonderfully gifted Eusebio in their side. In a very entertaining match, England were worthy 2-1 winners.
In the final, played on 30th July 1966 before a crowd of just under 100,000, Haller scored for West Germany in the thirteenth minute, but six minutes later Geoff Hurst scored his country's equaliser. For the best part of the next hour, neither side dominated the match but with twelve minutes remaining Hurst had an optimistic shot at goal which spun up in the air for Martin Peters to knock it home for what would appear to have been the winning goal. However, with seconds remaining, a hotly disputed free-kick from West Germany found its way across the England goal and Weber knocked the ball into the net for a dramatic equaliser which took the match into extra-time.
After ten minutes of extra-time, England scored their third, and without doubt, the most controversial goal that has featured in any football match. Alan Ball chased a long ball towards the corner flag and pulled it back for Hurst, who shot from the edge of the six-yard box with the ball crashing against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down and then upwards and out of the goal area. Roger Hunt could possibly have knocked the ball in the net, but he turned away raising his hands in jubilation, convinced that the ball had crossed the line. The ball was then cleared for a corner without a 'goal' being given and the Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst ran over to consult the Soviet linesman, Tofik Bakhramov who awarded the goal. This goal is still argued about today and film evidence of the match is totally inconclusive. However, in the last minute, the match was finally settled when England's captain, Bobby Moore, found Geoff Hurst in the centre circle with a long pass. Hurst then set off on one of his long runs and with the immortal words of match commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme 'and there are some people on the pitch. They think it is all over....it is now!' ringing in the nations ears, Hurst smashed the ball into the net for his side's fourth and his hat-trick