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Gordon Banks

Personal information
Full nameGordon Banks
Date of birth30 December 1937(age 78)
Place of birthSheffield, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Gordon Banks, OBE (born 30 December 1937) is a retired English football goalkeeper. The IFFHS named Banks the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century after Lev Yashin (1st) and ahead of Dino Zoff (3rd).

Banks was a member of the England national team that won the 1966 World Cup. In March 2004 Pelé listed Banks as one of the 125 greatest living footballers. His most famous moment occurred in the 1970 World Cup against Brazil, where he pulled off a stunning save from a goalbound header from Pelé, which is often regarded as arguably the greatest save ever. Banks' consistent performances in goal led to the re-wording of a common English idiom to "Safe as the Banks of England".

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