Gordon Banks

1937 - 2019

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Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, he made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career, and won 73 caps for England, highlighted by starting every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory. Banks joined Chesterfield in March 1953 and played for their youth team in the 1956 FA Youth Cup final. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gordon Banks has received more than 2,323,286 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Gordon Banks is the 75th most popular soccer player (up from 79th in 2019), the 397th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 552nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Soccer Player.

Gordon Banks is most famous for his save on Pelé in the 1970 World Cup.

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Among soccer players, Gordon Banks ranks 75 out of 21,273Before him are Franco Baresi, Gianni Rivera, Silvio Piola, Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon, and Miguel Muñoz. After him are Rivaldo, Neymar, Giacinto Facchetti, Paul Breitner, Béla Guttmann, and Bobby Moore.

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Among people born in 1937, Gordon Banks ranks 28Before him are Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, Robert Coleman Richardson, Egon Krenz, Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Mengistu Haile Mariam, and Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. After him are Bruce McLaren, Abu Nidal, Colin Powell, Alain Badiou, Karel Schwarzenberg, and Bill Cosby. Among people deceased in 2019, Gordon Banks ranks 22Before him are Karel Gott, I. M. Pei, Alexei Leonov, Anna Karina, Franco Zeffirelli, and Immanuel Wallerstein. After him are Beji Caid Essebsi, Zhores Alferov, João Gilberto, Bert Hellinger, Michel Legrand, and Marie Fredriksson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Gordon Banks ranks 397 out of 8,785Before him are Thomas Cromwell (1485), Oswald Mosley (1896), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), George Eliot (1819), Ian Holm (1931), and Mary Read (1695). After him are Edward the Confessor (1003), Richard Owen (1804), A. A. Milne (1882), Daniel Craig (1968), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), and Jackie Stewart (1939).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, Gordon Banks ranks 5Before him are Bobby Charlton (1937), George Best (1946), Stanley Matthews (1915), and David Beckham (1975). After him are Bobby Moore (1941), Denis Law (1940), Bobby Robson (1933), Kevin Keegan (1951), Peter Shilton (1949), Kenny Dalglish (1951), and Gary Lineker (1960).