World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies aged 81

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81.

The former Stoke and Leicester City goalkeeper was part of the famous England side who lifted the World Cup in 1966. 

Banks passed away with family at his side after his health deteriorated significantly in recent weeks.

He lived in the shadow of cancer for many years and in recent months had been undergoing spells of chemotherapy.

Many of his old Stoke team-mates had been visiting him at his home in Madeley in the hope of inspiring one more recovery, but to no avail this time.

Stoke confirmed the news on Tuesday morning writing: ‘From the family of Gordon Banks. It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

‘We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.’