Knattspyrnuheimurinn syrgir í dag einn besta markvörð allra tíma, Gordon Banks. Banks lést í morgun 81 árs að aldri.
Banks átti glæstan feril og var í marki Englendinga er þjóðin varð heimsmeistari í knattspyrnu í fyrsta og eina skiptið árið 1966. Hans er þó helst minnst fyrir stórbrotna markvörslu á HM fjórum árum síðar.
Banks var goðsögn og ákaflega viðkunnalegur maður ef mið er tekið af þeim fallegu orðum sem um hann eru skrifuð á samfélagsmiðla í dag.
Önnur ensk markvarðargoðsögn, Peter Shilton, segir meðal annars að hetjan hans sé látin.
I’m devastated - today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon
— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) February 12, 2019
Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died. One of the very greatest. Thinking especially of Ursula, Julia, Wendy and Robert. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. Will be very sadly missed.https://t.co/qO1S3BGtlB
— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) February 12, 2019
Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.
Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game's true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/yj4JYZIaag
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 12, 2019
of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. All my thoughts with the family pic.twitter.com/iyAKdH2Mfm
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 12, 2019
Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 12, 2019
So sad to hear that Gordon Banks one of my heroes and a true legend in life and football, has passed away.
An inspiration, a winner and a true gentleman. My thoughts are with his family and friends. #RIPGordonBanks pic.twitter.com/rd4hisuyqt
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) February 12, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend #gordonbanks
— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) February 12, 2019
We’re deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away.
Our thoughts are with Gordon’s friends, family and supporters at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/nbzncYBCFA
— England (@England) February 12, 2019
1 - Of the 62 goalkeepers to have played 8+ games at the World Cup, Gordon Banks has the best ratio of minutes per goal conceded (210 mins) in the history of the competition. Legendary. pic.twitter.com/OAYQbXvBAz
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 12, 2019
So sorry to hear the news of my good friend gordon banks who passed away a few hrs ago myself and @Shanewh1tfield and all at kong events send our condolences what a loss & an unbelievable goal keeper & an incredible man a really true gentleman RIP mate xxGAZZAxxx pic.twitter.com/GvkHzb8Dyz
— Paul Gascoigne (@Paul_Gascoigne8) February 12, 2019