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Stoke City reveal special kit in memory of Gordon Banks OBE

Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City FC

Stoke City's goalkeeper will wear a specially commissioned kit for Saturday's match in tribute to Gordon Banks OBE.

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper aged 81 last week.

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

Alongside their official kit supplier Stoke City wanted to recreated the strip worn by Gordon in the historic 1972 League Cup Final.

The EFL gave the club special permission for the kit not to feature a badge or sponsor, reflecting the one which was used almost 47 years ago when the Potters secured their only major trophy at Wembley.

The all-green jersey will be complimented by plain white shorts and white socks.

Gordon Banks played for Stoke City and Leicester City during the 1960s and 70s Credit: PA
Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City FC

'Macron' is the clubs official kit supplier.

We at Macron were saddened to hear the sad news of the passing of a footballing great.

It was an honour when the club came to us with the challenge to produce something to celebrate his life in such a short timescale.

Our design, custom and production team worked day and night to produce a garment which is Macron’s way of paying homage to Mr Banks and his family.

We know it shall be a very large shirt to fill but we hope that this gives the fans a chance to say their goodbyes to a club, national and international great.

– Gianluca Pavanello, Macron (Kit sUPPLIER

Macron, the clubs official kit designer, said:

Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City FC

In designing such a garment we had to start from scratch to make a new shirt template so we went back to the archives of images and matched the exact pantone of Mr Banks’ original jersey which took some time but we have managed to find the perfect sublimation colour.

Mr Banks’ original garment was made of cotton which is not a fabric feasible for modern day athletes so we created a sublimation process that to the naked eye, makes the shirt look as if it is made of cotton when the fabric used is much more technical. The collar of Mr Banks’ jersey was long and wide and we have tried to replicate this without again effecting the comfort or performance of the goalkeeper.

Macron’s custom design team have put their heart and soul into this garment to give a club legend his deserved goodbye.

– Antonio Dalle Fabbriche, Macron

Meanwhile the club Banks was playing for when he won the World Cup with England are also planning tributes today.

Leicester City players will wear black armbands during their match with Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium.

Before the game there will also be a video tribute to Banks on the big screen, and a minute's applause will acknowledge the contribution he made to the club - playing 356 times between 1959 and 1967.