Gordon Banks – the leader of the goalkeepers’ union

In was 1966. England on the World Cup. At primary school I was3rd choice centre-forward. Inspired by Gordon Banks I decide to become a goalkeeper. Within weeks of the new season starting I was 1st choice goalkeeper in the third of my four senior primary school years.

I used to go over to the playing fields at Rowheath were one of the Bournville teams used to play on Saturday; they let me warm up with them….surprisingly tolerant of an annoying nine-year old.

That was all down to Gordon Banks. I kept goal (not always well, but I loved playing) for the next 32 years until I hung up my boots.

Gordon Banks was brave, calm, organised and modest. An inspiration to anyone who was or wanted to become a goalkeeper.

Thank you Gordon. RIP.

Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age

Gordon Banks – a life in pictures