• Tributes have been pouring in from all around the world to Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81.

  • The former Stoke and Leicester City man is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

Banks, who revealed in 2016 that he was battling kidney cancer for the second time, died peacefully overnight.

The former Stoke and Leicester City man is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

A statement issued by Stoke City FC on the Banks family's behalf said:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

Banks family

At Stoke City's press conference today, manager Nathan Jones told reporters how much he would have liked to meet Gordon, "a legend", and in fact plans were in place to do so.

He joked that he remembered his father praising Gordon.

He said,

He had a wonderful life, a wonderful career, the joy he brought to loads, not many get to become legends at football clubs.

Nathan Jones, Stoke City manager

Pelé has paid tribute to the man who became his great friend after 'that goal' writing,

So I am glad he saved my header - because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure. Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart.I have great sadness in my heart today and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of.Rest in peace, my friend. Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. But you were also so much more. You were a fine human being.

Pelé
Gordon Banks jumps to make a save in the match at Wembley. Credit: PA Images

Born in Sheffield, Banks won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973.

Gordon was an iconic figure not only in English football but across the globe and it’s deeply sad that we have lost him.

Chairman Peter Coates, Stoke City Football Club

Tributes have been pouring in from the footballing world for Banks.

Other footballers have also expressed their sadness at the death of the player.

Speaking after the death was announced of Gordon Banks OBE, Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said,

Gordon Banks OBE was a legend, revered by football fans in Staffordshire, England and around the world, yet everyone who met him would say that he was the most humble person, someone who had time for everyone.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council