So sad a true stoke city legend and a true gent. I have had the pleasure of meeting Gordon a few times and he couldn't do enough for you. The world is a sadder place today Thoughts with all his family R I P Gordon BANKS
Post by bigjohnritchie on Feb 12, 2019 11:40:41 GMT
My memory of Gordon is about his positioning. The amount of times a forward would have a tremendous and accurate shot but Gordon would catch it, as though it had been a pass back ( as an aside I can remember Pejic used to pass it into his hands, to save him bending down).He always seemed to be in the exact right place...and then he would quickly look for a man to turn defence into attack while most were still thinking about the shot. Waddo must be given some credit for recognising the value of goalkeepers who for some reason seemed to be regarded as less valuable than outfield players at that time. RIP
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Post by greenhoffsleftboot on Feb 12, 2019 11:46:11 GMT
When I was a kid, I travelled to Euston by train with my mum and Gordon Banks sat just across the aisle next to me. Took me ages to pluck up the courage to say anything, but eventually I did and he signed an autograph for me and chatted to me and my mum for quite a while. He put me at my ease and was kindness personified. I think he was only 31 when his career ended and he showed no bitterness, just warmth and common decency. I had seen him play very often and standing just behind the goal at the Boothen End had seen many amazing saves and frequently find myself focussing just on him when we defended the Boothen and on Greenhoff when we were attacking. Even more than the jaw-dropping saves such as the penalty save against West Ham and the World Cup save against Brazil, were the ones that other keepers would have made a lot out of, but he treated in a calm, matter-of-fact way and made look just easy. He DID make great saves, but his reading of the game meant that he made other saves look like nothing at all. I could see this from watching him, but on the train I'd talked about being the (very poor!) school goalkeeper and he was generous with his advice, and he talked about this - that the idea was to stop the opponents from scoring, not make an Oscar-winning save; they were great too, but the anticipatory step that meant he could save without diving, or the catch in the air to prevent the header, were just as vital. I vividly remember his testimonial too and seeing how players of the calibre of Eusebio and Charlton were open in their affection for him.
I write the next, not to take away from the focus of today, but to show why the man meant so much to me. The connection went deeper than mere hero-worship; a month after he lost his sight, very close indeed to where his crash occurred, my own brother lost his life in an accident and in my mind the two events have always been inextricably connected. I'm thinking of them both now. RIP.
Post by melbournepotter on Feb 12, 2019 11:49:57 GMT
Gordon Banks was part of my reason for starting to support Stoke back in the early 70s . I only knew of 3 or 4 players at the time and Banks was one of them. To have such a legend having played for the club was something to be proud of. RIP Gordon. Always respected as a player and person.
Had the pleasure of meeting this legend when I was 12. I was playing for the school team & we had the chance to play at the Brit had we won the tournament. We lost the final on penalties, I was gutted. Went up for my runners-up medal in tears & it was Gordon who gave it to me, gave me a pat on the back & told me to hold our heads high...he said son, you did yourselves proud. Meant a hell of a lot to a young kid whose dream was to play at Stoke. He was ace, a proper legend ❤️