Gordon Banks

What might have been? West Ham were offered Gordon Banks in the sixties, but Ron Greenwood had promised Kilmarnock (Scottish Champions at the time) to buy Bobby Ferguson.

moore 6 legend's picture

Rip gorden,i'm conviced we'd have won the league cup in 72 with banks between the sticks for us...………...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0c0WIL3fGs

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Great save that stan & we all know the save against pele...R.I.P Gordon Banks

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

I still think the save against Brazil was the greatest save ever, just defies gravity! Hands are practically on the floor and ball manages to go over the bar... genius! Same game and probably the greatest example of master class in how to defend... Bobby Moore OBE!

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Bobby Moore had pele in his pocket that day not many defenders can say that!!

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Makes you laugh when Alan Scullery said he was marking Pele that day... joke. Mooro cleaned up for him on many occasion. Still a great game to watch to this day. The interest thing was some of the dirty tackles from the wonderful Brazilians!

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moore 6 legend's picture

How many times in that commentary did you hear the name bobby moore unbelievable he was.

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Lenuse's picture

I well recall having a conversation with one of Gordon Banks' contemporaries and asking him who he felt was the better 'keeper, Banks or Jennings.
He replied that week to week, Football League etc, that Jennings just had the edge. But when it came to the big games, when the chips were down, banks was the greatest of them all.
No keeper I have ever seen was as quick on his feet than Banks - just watch how near he came to saving Weber's equaliser in '66 and you'll see what I mean.
Add to this the flawless positional sense, strong hands, great agility, and above all the cast iron self discipline & work ethic he had which made him strive for perfection day in day out, and you see that he was a man who was not only a great 'keeper, but an innovator, a visionary, the man who set the template for goalkeeping, who turned it almost into an art in itself.
People may talk about those who came before him such as Yashin, Carbajal, Swift and those who came after such as Shilton, Clemence, Zoff, Maier, Southall, Buffon etc, but Banks was and will ever more be the greatest of all time and I have to say that I feel privileged to have seen him play for Club and Country.
R.I.P. Gordon Banks, the man who achieved perfection. The all time No.1, bar none.

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