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. His skills led him to receive the nickname "Banks Of England" (based, of course, on the bank).
He played with the following clubs:
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. However, see the entry for David Seaman for details on a more contemporary save that some people have ranked above Banks'.
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