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Topbidwinsagain



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:03 am 
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Just heard about the passing of Gordon Banks, probably England's best goalkeeper, will always be remembered for the save in the 1970 World Cup match when he denied Pele a certain goal.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:44 am 
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One of the best goalkeepers I ever saw play for Leicester City.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:32 pm 
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Banksy was one of my very first football heroes even though I supported Man Utd. As a young 10 year old goalkeeper in 1970 he was the man.

I also remember him playing in in a League Cup semi final replay at Old Trafford in 1972 against West Ham when, if memory serves, he miraculously saved a rocket of a penalty from Geoff Hurst.

A very sad day
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:35 pm 
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Very sad day indeed.

RIP Gordon Banks, your place was deservedly reserved in history many years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:53 pm 
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Yes, a very sad day, without a doubt the best keeper ever in an England jersey. I took this myself the first time I ever saw him play, Palace v Stoke, 1969/70. No idea why I took a camera back then.



This one is for Leicester, possibly in the 1963 FA Cup final as I think it's at Wembley.



A truly great goalkeeper and it was my privilege to watch him in action.

RIP Gordon - simply, the best.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:08 pm 
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Topbidwinsagain wrote:
Just heard about the passing of Gordon Banks, probably England's best goalkeeper, will always be remembered for the save in the 1970 World Cup match when he denied Pele a certain goal.


Here's what the legendary Brazilian forward said about that iconic moment in football history:

"After I had the cross from Jairzinho, I jumped to say 'goal’. I looked and I did 'gooo….' and then stopped.

"I scored more than 1,000 goals in my life and people don’t remember that, but the goal I didn’t score they remember!"
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:11 pm 
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If you get the chance on You Tube, check out the pass from Carlos Alberto (I think) to Jairzinho.

But going back to THAT save - breathtaking.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:16 pm 
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RIP
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:59 pm 
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Another legend gone.

RIP
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:02 pm 
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A legend who probably won’t be bettered.

It’s been a sad week in football with the deaths of Fred Pickering, Ian Ross and Mick Kennedy already announced following on from two other players, Joe Fascione (Chelsea) & Matt Brazier (QPR, Cardiff & Orient) earlier in the month.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:43 pm 
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Very sad news about the passing of Gordon Banks. Without doubt the best goalkeeper I have ever had the pleasure of watching, and the fact that he played for stoke City, my local club for so many years, makes his passing even sadder.
A wonderful keeper, a very humble, down to earth man, who made his art look so easy. He will be remembered for his unbelievable saves that have become part of our history But I remember him about 1964 coming to Stoke with Leicester dressed in a really scruffy looking kit and on that day, a very warm day he strolled around the pitch catching every ball and stopping every shot, making it look oh so easy.
On another occasion I attended a short course with Don Revie and Gordon as the main speakers. I fancied myself as a bit of a keeper. But in a 60 minute talk and demonstration he completely altered my viw of goalkeeping, wonderful instruction.
Stoke City, Stoke on Trent, the entire football community stand in salute and respect to a wonderful man.
R.I.P. Gordon
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:45 am 
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Even to this day the tradition from the Kop is to applaud the visiting keeper as they approach their penalty area before the start of the half, albeit with reduced enthusiasm from yesteryear.

The classic response shows Ray Clemence receiving a rapturous welcome on his return to Anfield with Spurs in 1982. Other enthusiastic welcomes were afforded to Pat Jennings, Joe Corrigan, Gary Sprake and Peter Shilton amongst others.

Gordon though was special. Spine tingling now to remember the genuine love and appreciation he used to receive every time he came to Anfield. This was also evident when we played at the Victoria Ground. It was as though he was one of our own and was indicative of the appreciation the Kop had for fair play, hard work and pure genius. It was ironic that his last competitive game was at Anfield in 1972 before his career was cut short the day after. At the start of the following season he was led on a lap of honour by Bill Shankly with the Kop singing "Nice one Gordon" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" to him. The silver salver presented to him that day remained one of his most prized possessions.

RIP Gordon, a true legend.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:10 pm 
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This photo (now sold) shows Gordon with Ray Clemence after his last game at Liverpool, on the day before the car crash.

The referee is the great Roger Kirkpatrick, who, if my memory is correct, had sent Gordon off after the final whistle for persistent dissent. If that's the case, it was quite a way for our best-ever goalkeeper to end his distinguished career in this country.

Perhaps Jim could confirm that?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:43 pm 
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The amount of chancers on ebay with their new Gordon Banks listings leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:38 pm 
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Pete’s Picture Palace wrote:
This photo (now sold) shows Gordon with Ray Clemence after his last game at Liverpool, on the day before the car crash.

The referee is the great Roger Kirkpatrick, who, if my memory is correct, had sent Gordon off after the final whistle for persistent dissent. If that's the case, it was quite a way for our best-ever goalkeeper to end his distinguished career in this country.

Perhaps Jim could confirm that?



I'm pretty sure Gordon wasn't sent off after complaining to the referee about a free kick that led to a goal. (He broke the 4 step rule!) I don't recall any reports confirming this.

BUT on looking at the Youtube clip, Kirpatrick's hand gestures could suggest otherwise.....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:50 pm 
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I'm pretty certain the narrative on the back of this photo said he'd been sent off on his way off the pitch. But I no longer have it to check.
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