Coates hails ‘immensely modest’ Banks

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12 Feb 2019, 16:57 IST
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Gordon Banks and Pele at Wembley

Stoke Metropolis chairman Peter Coates has hailed the “immensely modest” Gordon Banks, following the previous England goalkeeper’s loss of life on Tuesday.

Banks’ household introduced, by way of Stoke’s official web site, that the 81-year-old World Cup winner had handed away peacefully in a single day.

Yorkshire-born Banks made 194 appearances for the Potters from 1967-1973 earlier than being pressured to retire from skilled soccer after dropping his sight in a single eye following a automotive crash.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates instructed Radio 5 Dwell: “It is a very unhappy day for us as a result of we favored him a lot, he was a lot part of the membership.

“He was a president of the membership, he got here to all of our video games, he made his residence in Stoke and spent all of his later years right here. He was very a lot a part of the material.

“He spoke to everyone, knew everyone. He had no aspect to him – for one among England’s biggest ever goalkeepers, you aren’t getting too many like that. He was immensely modest for all of his nice expertise.”

Coates added to the membership’s web site: “Gordon was an iconic determine not solely in English soccer however throughout the globe and it is deeply unhappy that we now have misplaced him.

“It isn’t simply individuals of my era who know the way good a goalkeeper he was – individuals of all ages talked about Gordon reverentially. He was excellent and it was an absolute privilege to observe him enjoying for Stoke Metropolis.

“He was additionally a eager advocate for our metropolis and he will probably be sadly missed by native individuals from all walks of life, not simply soccer followers.

“Our heartfelt condolences exit to Gordon’s spouse Ursula, his three youngsters Robert, Wendy and Julia and the remainder of the Banks household presently.”

Banks’ best second got here in 1966 when his performances helped England declare their solely World Cup crown whereas he’s additionally remembered for a surprising save to disclaim Pele at Brazil 1970.

“His legacy will probably be, at the beginning, that he was the goalkeeper who performed for England once they had their best hour on the 1966 World Cup,” mentioned Coates.

“I bear in mind him telling me that when he walked out on the stadium he had goosepimples. He’d by no means skilled something prefer it, he mentioned. The noise was completely deafening, he mentioned it made him shake. However he went out and did the job, after all.”

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