Joining Leicester City
Gordon joined the Club in 1959 from Chesterfield, where he made 23 appearances before his move to Filbert Street. At Leicester City, Gordon established a firm reputation as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever played the game.
Success at Filbert Street
All of Gordon's matches for Leicester City were in the top flight or in cup competitions. This image was taken a few months before the Club's appearance in the 1961 FA Cup Final.
A Wembley final
After progressing through the ranks, Gordon became the Club's first-choice goalkeeper and helped City to the 1961 FA Cup Final, which ended in a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
This iconic photograph of Gordon was also taken during the FA Cup Final.
A firm favourite
After John Anderson and Dave MacLaren departed, Gordon was left to emerge as one of the greatest players ever to represent Leicester City Football Club.
Another FA Cup Final
Gordon was in sensational form during a 1-0 FA Cup Semi-Final victory over Liverpool at Hillsborough in 1963. This is regarded as one of his best performances in a City shirt.
A star for club and country
Thirty-seven of his 73 England caps occurred during his time as a Leicester City player.
Cup fever in Leicester
Leicester City were defeated 3-1 by Manchester United in the FA Cup Final of 1963.
The Ice Kings
Following the era of the 'Ice Kings', when Leicester City challenged for the First Division title, Banks' reputation was at his highest point to date.
Ever-present '66 star
Gordon played in every game, including the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final against West Germany at Wembley.
City's only World Cup winner
Gordon remains the only Leicester City player to win the FIFA World Cup while at the Football Club.
A place in history
As a result of that 4-2 victory over West Germany in extra-time, Banks and his team-mates went into English sporting folklore.
His final years at Filbert Street
Gordon played 356 times for the Foxes between 1959 and 1967 before joining Stoke City. He reached two FA Cup Finals and won the League Cup in 1964 with the Club.
Gordon's time with the Club overlapped with that of Peter Shilton, another legendary Leicester City goalkeeper. Shilton has since described Banks as his 'hero'.
Awarded an OBE
Gordon's achievements, for Leicester City, Stoke City and most notably England, were honoured with an OBE in 1970.
Cup success at Stoke
Following another impressive showing for England at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Gordon went on to lift the League Cup with Stoke in 1972.
Success in America
He would go on to represent Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the United States and won the NASL Goalkeeper of the Year, despite not having the use of his right eye, following a traffic accident in 1972.
A Filbert Street testimonial
Banks made a total of 754 domestic and international appearances between 1958 and 1977 and was awarded a testimonial at Filbert Street in 1995.
An iconic moment etched into history
Many will remember Gordon for his stunning save to deny Brazil’s Pele at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, often labelled the 'greatest save of all time'.
Gordon Banks: 1937-2019
Everyone at Leicester City Football Club would like to offer their sincere condolences to Gordon’s family and friends at this sad time.