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Gordon Banks

12 February 2019

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of legendary former Spireites keeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81.

Gordon was of course part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side and won 73 full caps.

Born in Sheffield, he began his career with Chesterfield and made 26 appearances for the club before being sold to Leicester City in 1959.

Gordon later joined Stoke City and made 250 appearances for the Potteries club, settling in the area.

His professional playing career came to an end in 1973 after losing the sight in his right eye in a car crash.

The save Gordon made from Pele in the 1970 World Cup finals, when he somehow managed to tip the Brazilian legend's downward header over the bar, is regarded by many as the finest-save ever made.

Everyone involved with the Spireites takes great pride in Gordon's link with the club and he was a highly popular guest at an event organised by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust last summer. 

Tributes will be paid to Gordon at the next home fixture, against Harrogate Town, on Saturday week.

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