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RIP GORDON BANKS

Welshtel

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#1
Sad to hear the news of the passing of our World Cup 66 hero Gordon Banks. I remember well his terrific contribution to our win over Germany. I remember him scoring. He saw the keeper from Poland? (Might have that wrong) off his line and booted it up field, it bounced in front of him and over his head into the goal, totally unexpected.
Then there were all his great saves. Great guy. Legend. RIP.
 

Welshtel

Vital Football Hero
#2
Just had a look in Wikipedia. An interesting thing about Banksy, I’ve never heard this before, whether other keepers do it. In the 1966 WC, Wickipedia says, “There was panic in the buildup to the game as trainer Harold Shepherdson forgot to buy chewing gum, which Banks used to make his hands stickier and better able to handle the ball, and so Shepherdson had to run to a nearby newsagents to purchase gum as the teams were in the tunnel. Improvisation eh?