Football star Gordon Banks to be commemorated in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council and the FA are arranging a tribute to honour the football legend, Gordon Banks, who passed away on February 12th.

Born in Abbeydale in 1937, Banks appeared alongside Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke before committing to the American team Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

During his 15 year career, the goalkeeper played 628 matches and won 73 caps for England, including the 1966 World Cup win over Germany.

To celebrate his contribution to football, Sheffield City Council in collaboration with the FA are planning a special way to honour his legacy.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “The people of Sheffield are sad to hear of the loss this week of Gordon Banks – one of the city’s most famous sons. Gordon was born and grew up in Sheffield and the city is very proud of his many achievements – including being the only England goalkeeper to win the World Cup.

“We have committed to mark his achievements and are currently in discussions with the FA about how this could best be done. Consultation with Gordon’s family will take place before any decisions are made and we will keep people informed of any plans as they develop.”

Keep an eye on Exposed for updates regarding the tribute. 

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