Gordon Banks Autographs & Memorabilia Memorabilia

Brazilian legend Pele thought he'd scored. So did the rest of the world. But keeper Gordon Banks had other ideas.

The Leicester, Stoke and England stopper is widely recognised as having made one of the greatest saves of all time during England's 1-0 defeat to Brazil at the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.

Pele's header was sweetly timed and perfectly directed – down and into the corner – and yet Banks leapt across his goal and somehow clawed the ball, by now almost completely past him, out and away to safety.

The save wasn't the highlight of his career – keeping goal for England in the 1966 World Cup final was never going to be topped – but it will forever remind fans what a great keeper he was.

558 club appearances and 73 England caps was further proof of his greatness in a career cut short by a car accident that left him blind in one eye. But his consistency, positional awareness and that save were among the reasons he was voted the second best keeper of the 20th century, behind only Russian master Lev Yashin.

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Gordon Banks Autographs & Memorabilia Memorabilia