12 Feb 2019


The LMA is deeply saddened at the news of the passing of former England, Leicester City and Stoke City goalkeeper, Gordon Banks OBE, who has died at the age of 81.

Banks’ career was most notably defined by his performances with England, who became World Cup winners in 1966, arguably sport’s most unforgettable achievement in this country.

Banks was an undisputed icon of English football, winning 73 caps for England and making over 600 appearances in the Football League. Anyone that was fortunate enough to meet him, couldn’t fail to be awed by his reputation and kind nature.

After a tragic car accident, Banks was unfortunately forced into an early retirement from the game through injury. If it were not for this accident, he would have almost certainly won significantly more England caps.

In 1970, Banks was appointed OBE, for his services to association football. He also devoted much of his time to charitable causes.

Everyone at the LMA sends our deepest sympathy to Gordon’s wife Ursula and his family at this sad and difficult time.