Council statement on the passing of Gordon Banks OBE

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2019

We are deeply sorry to hear the sad news that Gordon Banks has passed away. All our thoughts, sympathies and condolences go out to his family.

Gordon was entered into Stoke-on-Trent’s Sporting Hall of Fame in 2011 and became a Freeman of the City in 2015. He was a gentleman, and a fantastic ambassador for Stoke City Football Club and the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Flags on Town Halls in Longton, Stoke and Hanley have been lowered to half-mast in tribute to Gordon.

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “It is such sad news that Gordon has passed away, and my thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.

"He was known throughout the world for being one of the greats of English football, and for making what many believe is the greatest save of all time – but he also played such a big role in the local community.

"He was a charity champion who supported so many good causes and made his home in the Potteries. Everyone who met him would say how much of a nice person he was, and that speaks volumes about Gordon as a man.

“He was deservedly entered into the city’s Sporting Hall of Fame in 2011, and became a Freeman of the City in 2015 – something I know he was extremely proud of. We shall all miss him terribly.”

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