This is hardly an article, more of an acknowledgement of the passing today of the great Gordon Banks.
Having been introduced to Goodison Park during the early 60s, I was aware of certain players who struck absolute respect in the hearts of Evertonians. People like Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton. But goalkeepers seemed to top the list, and players like Pat Jennings and Jim Montgomery would always receive a standing ovation when they came out onto the pitch. Gordon Banks, however, was the one we were the happiest to see.
So I am writing this brief piece to invite those who also saw him to write a comment on the great man, on behalf of all Evertonians.
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1 Posted 12/02/2019 at 21:51:51
An absolute privilege to see greatness like that.
2 Posted 12/02/2019 at 22:06:22
3 Posted 12/02/2019 at 22:12:42
That save from Pele. Unforgettable. I had a poster of it on my wall as a kid.
Playing on after the car crash that took an eye. Players today could learn a thing or two off Banksy's ilk.
4 Posted 13/02/2019 at 12:09:51
5 Posted 13/02/2019 at 12:35:51
The 1970 England World Cup squad was a considerable improvement on 1966 and, had Banks not been taken ill, I'm sure Brazil v England would have been the Final that year.
Catterick did not need him because we had Gordon West, but thank goodness Shankly was denied the funds to do so when Leicester made him available. A sad week with Fred Pickering gone as well.
6 Posted 13/02/2019 at 14:34:54
As for Banks himself, a down-to-earth man who never got beyond his station, but nevertheless was appreciated by fans of every club wherever he played.
I met him on the corner of The East Lancs Road and Stopgate Lane, I was walking my dog and Gordon had parked his car but was walking away from it looking a bit lost, I told him I was sorry for staring at him but he looked a lot like Gordon Banks, he replied “Maybe that's because I am Gordon Banks.” I said, “You look a bit confused?” There had been an accident that morning and Stopgate Lane was blocked off.
Gordon explained that he couldn't park his car where he usually did because of this, I told him to go to the bizzie on traffic duty and he'll more than likely let you through if he recognises you.
Banks did this and came back, he said “You were right he's letting me through” then gave me the thumbs up. I never got players autographs so never asked Gordon for his, but I was struck that he never expected to be taken for more than an ordinary man in the street.
Sorry for going on with this post, but thought it was a story worth telling.
7 Posted 13/02/2019 at 14:41:11
8 Posted 13/02/2019 at 14:48:37
9 Posted 13/02/2019 at 15:48:35
That said, let's not overlook how good Westy was because, in 1969, Ramsey took him to a pre-World Cup acclimatisation tour to Mexico and he, not Banks, was the goalie twice selected for the first team. Only Westy saying he wasn't interested in going again in 1970 for the actual World Cup (he said he was afflicted by home-sickness) properly ensured Banksy had nothing to worry about re selection.
10 Posted 13/02/2019 at 17:29:47
However over the following 53 years, only Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton were deemed suitable by the British Establishment to receive knighthoods. Why? Was it a two man team? What about the other nine men who sweated and toiled to become World Cup winners?
In the meantime the Queen's honors list has no doubt rewarded the good and the brave but also many individuals less worthy than these world champions. What an opportunity missed. RIP Alan, Bobby, George and Gordon.
11 Posted 13/02/2019 at 21:04:55
12 Posted 13/02/2019 at 21:37:31
Those footballers who won the World Cup will be well remembered with or without any Knighthoods.
13 Posted 13/02/2019 at 22:06:50
14 Posted 13/02/2019 at 22:09:09
Talking of that save it is our own Tommy Wright who jumped with Pele. I believe he has said that Pele pushed him as they both jumped. If you look closely when the camera pans round all you see is Tommy in a position with his back arched forward not back towards the ball. Doesn't make any difference to the fact it was a fabulous save — just that, if it had gone in, it should have been disallowed!
15 Posted 13/02/2019 at 23:17:02
Dave #6. That's a story worth telling!
16 Posted 14/02/2019 at 00:23:56
17 Posted 14/02/2019 at 04:30:39
18 Posted 14/02/2019 at 04:58:08
100% correct. The ones who stick in my mind are the ones who refused the so-called honours.
Ken Loach, whose films centre on social issues such as poverty, homelessness and benefits, told the Radio Times in 2001: “It's all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest.
“I turned down the OBE because it's not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who've got it.”
19 Posted 14/02/2019 at 08:28:35
20 Posted 14/02/2019 at 09:18:43
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