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World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE’s funeral will take place March.

Banks, that was named Fifa goal keeper of the season six times and earned 73 caps for England, died at the age of 81 on Tuesday.

His funeral will be held at Stoke Minster around the anniversary of the League Cup triumph of FC.

The club said the day had”special poignancy” as Banks played a”key role” in the victory.

The keeper made almost 200 appearances for after linking them in 1967, for example, 1972 League Cup success and was born in Sheffield.

He remained until he retired from professional football.

Banks started his career moving for £7,000, plus it was there he established himself as England’s number one, earning his first international cap against Scotland in 1963.

He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup effort, culminating at the 4-2 victory over West at the final at .

Stoke chairman Peter Coates said “left his home in Stoke, and was very much the main fabric of this club”.

He added:”You don’t get a lot of like him, and he was immensely small for all his own talent.

“He was England’s biggest goal keeper when they had their finest hour”


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