Banks v Pele – The Save That Shook The World, signed by Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks was one of the finest players of his generation and to this day he remains one of the greatest ever goalkeepers the game of football has ever produced.
He began a career that was to span three decades with his local colliery side in Sheffield and made his professional debut with Chesterfield in the 1950s. He went on to make over 300 appearances for Leicester City and also played more than 200 senior games with Stoke.
It was however with England that he forged his worldwide reputation. First capped by Sir Alf Ramsey against Scotland at Wembley in 1963, Banks quickly established himself as first choice for his country.
He was one of the first names on Ramsey’s team sheet by the time of the 1966 World Cup finals and he kept three successive clean sheets as England completed the group phase unbeaten. He was finally beaten by a Eusebio penalty in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Portugal and although he conceded two in the famous final against West Germany, it mattered little as England were crowned world champions.
Banks was still England’s number one at the 1970 World Cup and although the side’s defence of their crown was ultimately unsuccessful, he reaffirmed his status as a goalkeeping legend with his famous save from Pele’s header in the group phase clash with the Brazilians in Mexico.
Jairzinho delivered an inviting cross from the right wing which bypassed the English centre halves, Pele rose majestically in the air and Banks seemed destined to be beaten as he scampered despairingly across his goal in Guadalajara. Pele’s header was perfect – firm and downwards – but Banks somehow managed to tip the ball over the crossbar. Pele, and the crowd, were simply stunned.
Banks played his final game for England in 1972 after 73 caps but his professional career was ended prematurely after he lost sight in his right eye following a car crash the same year. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
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This book, written by Terry Baker, is a fascinating read focussing on Gordon Banks’ world class save from Pele in the 1970 World Cup and the subsequent relationship between the pair.
The book comes with a special edition certificate inside that is personally signed by Gordon Banks himself.
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