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Old 12th Feb 2019, 09:59
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They think he's all over...

Gordon Banks RIP.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 10:49
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A man I always respected and he will be sadly missed.

For Gordon the final whistle has been blown. A shame he couldn't "save himself" and he has finally paid the ultimate penalty.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 10:51
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Another bit of my childhood has gone. RIP Gordon and thanks for the memories.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 11:00
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I seem to recall Banks doing some amazing saves as a goalkeeper back in the day, real acrobat moves. He seemed to be a modest character which some of today's players would do well to emulate. RIP....
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 11:16
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Greatest save ever..? No doubt a matter for debate but the save at 50 seconds into this clip must be worthy of consideration - moving from near post to cover the cross to the foot of the back post to get a hand to the downwards header...

Edit to add: I didn’t even realise I’d made ..

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 12:33
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Well you don't have to be a footie fan to appreciate his ability, or the fact, that, unlike many of todays prima donnas, he was both unassuming and unpretentious, just a decent everyday person and a credit to the game.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 13:14
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Not many of them left and unfortunately Alzheimer’s strike again. A pure gentleman. RIP Gordon, you were the greatest.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 15:42
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True Story / Amusing Anecdote

Back in the early 1970s I was at primary school in Loggerheads, Shropshire. Gordon and a number of other players in the Stoke City FC first team lived on ***** Rd just around the corner. We used to cut down the road after school and point out all their houses to friends or visitors. To us 7 and 8 year-olds it was like visiting the Pantheon of the Gods(!)

One morning my father was driving me along the adjoining Pinewood Rd. We got overtaken and cut up by a Ford Mk III Cortina GT2000 doing about 70mph, (gold-beige in colour if I recall correctly - proof that football wages were a tiny fraction of those today). I had no idea whose car it was but I distinctly recall my father yelling "THAT MAN DRIVES LIKE A BLOODY IDIOT!!!" At the next junction we pulled alongside and my father let rip with a loud and colourful rendition of the Highway Code. I recall with crystal clarity thinking "OMG! OMG! That is GORDON BANKS!!! My Dad is yelling at GORDON BANKS!!!" True to form, Gordon remained unflapped beyond a "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm late for training!"

The following week Gordon was headed down the main road near Hanford X-roads. The road made a dog-leg around an old brick cottage, one of several accident blackspots on the route. Gordon lost control on the dog-leg and suffered multiple injuries, the most serious of which was glass splinters to one eye which pretty much destroyed his vision in that eye, effectively ending his career. So sad for it to end that way.

All of which, I guess allows me to say: "If only Gordon Banks had listened to my Dad!!!"

RIP Gordon.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 18:05
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Brilliant story! A slice of local history..
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