Gordon Banks

Bin lorry to be named after 'Sir' Gordon Banks

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

A bin lorry is to be named after England and Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks - and have an unofficial knighthood added to his name.

Gordon Banks
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Banks, who died on 12 February aged 81, helped England win the World Cup in 1966 and helped Stoke win the League Cup in 1972, the club's only major honour.

Stafford Borough Council says he'll be the first person to have a bin lorry in Stafford named after him and, despite not being knighted, they'll call it 'Sir Gordon Banks'.

Banks' family have given the idea their blessing, a council spokesman said.

England 'keeper wants clean sheet tribute to Gordon Banks

Allen Cook

BBC News

England's goalkeeper is planning his own tribute tonight to World Cup-winning number one, Gordon Banks.

Jordan Pickford
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Banks, whose clubs included Stoke City, died last month. Players will wear black armbands at the England v Czech Republic match which kicks off at Wembley at 19:45.

But the current England number one, Jordan Pickford, says he wants to pay tribute by also keeping a clean sheet.

What a legend of a goalkeeper he was, so with his family being there, hopefully it'll be a special night and (I can) keep a clean sheet for him. I never met him but I remember in the World Cup.... he sent me a message."

Jordan PickfordEngland goalkeeper

Wembley prepares to honour Gordon Banks

Allen Cook

BBC News

Gordon Banks is to be remembered and celebrated at England's match against the Czech Republic at Wembley this evening.

The Euro 2020 qualifier is the first England game since his death and players will wear black armbands, while a banner will be displayed featuring an image of his yellow jersey - the garment the goalkeeper wore when England won the World Cup in 1966.

Gordon Banks

Regarded as one of the game's greatest 'keepers, Banks, a former Stoke City player, died last month aged 81.

Members of his family will be in the Royal Box while representatives from Stoke City have also been invited to the match which kicks off at 19:45.

New Gordon Banks statue proposed for Wembley

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A sculptor says he wants to create a new memorial to the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The Gordon Banks statue at Stoke City

The funeral of Banks, who died last month aged 81, took place on Monday in Stoke-on-Trent.

Now, Andy Edwards, who created the Gordon Banks statue (pictured) now standing at Stoke City's stadium, says he wants to create another.

He's told BBC Radio Stoke he wants it to be a lasting memorial to the art of goalkeeping and have it installed at Wembley Stadium.

We've certainly got the ability and resource within our local area to produce something world class as a tribute to Gordon, which I think is no less than he deserves. I think the outpouring and coming together of people from the wider area proved that on Monday."

Andy EdwardsSculptor

'A fitting send-off'

Stoke City's described the funeral today for former player Gordon Banks as a "fitting send-off for one of our club's greatest ever servants".

Hundreds of fans and mourners turned out to remember the goalkeeper while his daughter, Wendy, gave a tribute at the service at Stoke Minster.

Mourners inside Stoke Minster
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Wendy Banks at the service
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'I had to say my last goodbye'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Respects are being paid on Twitter by people in Stoke-on-Trent to Gordon Banks.

The goalkeeper's funeral took place this afternoon, with thousands turning out on the streets or at the Bet365 stadium to say a final farewell.

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Commemorative strip used in Banks tribute

BBC Sport

Following Banks's death, Stoke City's current goalkeeper Jack Butland, one of four keepers to carry in the coffin today, wore a special plain green jersey in their game against Aston Villa.

The shirt
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The strip had no badge, sponsor or name.

It recreated the one that Banks wore as Stoke beat Chelsea in the 1972 League Cup final, their only major trophy.

Banks won 73 England caps and was a vital part of the side that won the 1966 World Cup. He played for Stoke for six years from 1967.

The special shirt
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That wonder save from Pele

BBC Sport

Gordon Banks is probably best-known for that save during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil.

What is less known is the huge friendship that Banks and Pele struck up afterwards.

Speaking in March 2018, Banks relives the wonder save:

Archive: Banks describes wonder save from Pele

This is how the commentary of that save sounded.