Sir Bobby's tribute to Gordon Banks
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has paid tribute to his World Cup-winning team-mate Gordon Banks, following the sad news that the former England goalkeeper has passed away at the age of 81.
“Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Banks.
“Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had.
“I was proud to call him a team-mate. Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that.
“Gordon will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”
His save to prevent Pele scoring for Brazil with a point-blank header is regarded as one of the greatest ever.
“Even though I was on the pitch and have seen it many times since, I still don’t know how he saved that header from Pele,”added Sir Bobby.
Banks' final English club - before spells in the United States, South America and Ireland - was Stoke City; the Potters hosted the Reds in his testimonial match in 1973, with Charlton and Portugal icon Eusebio guesting for the home side.