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 Post subject: Re: Gordon Banks
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:06 pm 
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Rip Gordon. What a sad loss to football, without doubt one of the greatest keepers of all time. Reading the tributes today, not just from English players, but also the likes of Pele, Buffon, etc., makes you realise what a gentleman he was and an inspiration to so many.

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 Post subject: Re: Gordon Banks
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:17 pm 
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pilgrimB173 wrote:
Gordon Banks played in goal for Chesterfield at Home Park on March 21st 1959 during the later stages of Argyle's promotion run.
Argyle won the game 2-0 with Jenkins and Carter scoring. Millbrook's Reg Jenkins scored his first ever league goal against 21 year old Banks The previous goalkeeper Ron Powell had made 248 consecutive up to the previous November.
My old Football Herald of the time records that after 8 minutes Banks could only parry a fierce shot by Carter and Jenkins forced it over the line. Over 17000 were in the crowd, including me, but doubt anybody realised that they were watching the early days of an England legend.


RIP maestro! :nworthy:

He played for Leicester City at HP in the year before the WC. 10/2/65 Argyle 0 Leicester 1. League Cup semi.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:53 pm 

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jerryatricjanner wrote:
Sad news, the 66 team is fast disappearing. Saw the Feb 1965 semi final that we lost 1-0 with Banks in goal. I also saw the previous cup game against Northampton who were also in the top tier that season.
Interesting to read that Bonetti played for the Football League team that won 12-0 soon after the world cup. I attended that too and thought Ron Springett was in goal. It was over 50 years ago though.
I agree too that the 1970 team without all the advantages of playing at home was a better team than the 1966 team. The loss of Banks proved costly and with hindsight, saving Charlton for the semi final by subbing him wasn't a great move. We would have been hard pushed to beat Brazil anyway as they were probably the best World Cup winning team ever that year.
Ron Springett was in the party that travelled. There is a group photo taken at the Brickfields and Springett is in that (as is John Newman, a colleague of Banks when he first broke into the Leicester side).


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 Post subject: Re: Gordon Banks
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:28 pm 

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Worthing_Green wrote:
I am sure that he played for Stoke City at Home Park in the Watney Cup game in 1973 as I remember collecting his autograph at the Holiday Inn on the Hoe.
He was injured the year before. The goalkeeper for Stoke that day was John Farmer and he played most of the season.


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