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Gordon Banks Dies, Arguably 2nd Best Keeper Of All Time

Argue all you want about the top ten goalkeepers of all time, Gordon Banks must rank top five or better on anyone's list who knows the history of soccer.

Banks, by the way, played two years in the original NASL for the Ft Lauderdale Strikers.

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47196017

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Originally Posted by Dave Birnbaum
Gordon Banks Dies, Arguably 2nd Best Keeper Of All Time

Argue all you want about the top ten goalkeepers of all time, Gordon Banks must rank top five or better on anyone's list who knows the history of soccer.

Banks, by the way, played two years in the original NASL for the Ft Lauderdale Strikers.

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47196017



Can't let this one go by without tipping my cap. I remember watching the 70 World cup, saw the save, live as it happened and couldn't understand why Ramsey put in Bonetti for the Germany game that saw us drop out. We can all shed a tear as the great ones fall one by one. RIP

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And so to Mexico in 1970 ..................................

The day before the quarter-final against West Germany in Leon, Banks was taken ill with what the locals called 'Montezuma's Revenge', a stomach bug accompanied by cramps and a fever.

Banks passed an initial fitness test but soon relapsed, leaving the devastated Ramsey to draft in Chelsea keeper Peter Bonetti at the 11th hour.

England's number one was confined to his hotel room as Bonetti, an outstanding goalkeeper, suffered an uncertain, nervous performance and Ramsey's side conceded a two-goal lead to lose 3-2.

Banks' sudden illness led to conspiracy theories that the keeper - so vital to an England team that was not popular among locals after uncomplimentary comments by Ramsey about Argentina in the 1966 World Cup - had been deliberately poisoned.

There was never any evidence this was the case and Banks himself refused to subscribe to the suggestion of any sinister interference in England's preparations.

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