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England World Cup goalkeeper.
First club: Millspau Steel Works.
England debut: 1963.
League appearances: 23 for Chesterfield; 293 for Leicester City;
194 for Stoke City. 72 full caps for England.
Other honours: World Cup (1966); League Cup (1964, 1972); Footballer of the Year (1972).

The setting, the 1970 World Cup finals. The place Guadalajara.  The game
England v Brazil.  With no goals scored, England are suddenly pushed onto
the defensive as Jairzinho dashes to the by-line before delivering a high
cross, met by the head of Pele. The "Black Pearl" must score his powerful
header thumping down towards the corner of England's goal, but then-as if
from nowhere - a hand reaches out to turn the ball away.  The hand belongs
to Gordon Banks; the save to the annals of footballing history. Even
though footage of this great stop has been shown over and over again, the
still viewer watches in awe.

Then in 1970, Gordon Banks was at the peak of his goalkeeping powers,
however, even his talents could not prevent Brazil from recording another
victory as that sublime team marched on to World Cup glory.

Four years before, though, it had been England's turn to be world
champions, with no player being more crucial to that 1966 success than
Gordon Banks. An even present member of Alf Ramsey's triumphant side, the
Leicester City No.1 used the 1966 World Cup as a showcase, proving that
had few peers in the craft of goalkeeping.  So commanding was he, that his
performance helped the team keep four clean sheets in their six Wembley

On the club scene, Gordon Banks started out with humble Millspau Steel
Works before joining Chesterfield in September 1955.  In May 1959, the
young keeper moved on to Leicester City where, during an eight-year stay,
Banks began to make a name for himself.

His England debut duly followed in 1963, that same year seeing Banks and
his Leicester team-mates beaten in the FA Cup Final by Manchester United.
The following season, Leicester City did gain a trophy, winning the League
Cup. Eight years later, in 1972, Gordon Banks would bring down the curtain
on his illustrious career by winning another League Cup winners medal.

Gordon is now available for booking as a after dinner speaker, although he
does not do a powerpoint presentation, we as a company could put this
together. Is he a motivational speaker? He does not think so however we
have heard his speech many times and feel compared to others who claim to
be a motivational inspirational speaker that his story very much is. His
presentation talks of his early days getting into football, talks of the
World Cup his England career starting in 1963 and was halted by a car
accident 1972 which he lost an eye he obtained 73 caps played in 2 world
cups competitions 1966 which he played in all of England's matches and
1970 the true story of what happened in 1970 and the Pele save is very

His after dinner speaking has taken him across the UK, he plays on many
corporate golf days, and involved in many charity fund raising events, he
is still regarded as a legend of the sport, and definitely a football
legend. He still is regarded as a celebrity speaker, and does not mind
combining a day golf with an award presentation, then being the football
after dinner speaker. However he at his age will not do a corporate
presentation in a morning in Sussex then charity day golf maybe in Essex
and then go up north to do a company presentation even if it is a charity
fund raising idea!


England 1966 World Cup Goalkeeper

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