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  Gordon Banks Signed Limited Edition Pele Save Print     £ 59.95

Gordon Banks was one of the finest players of his generation and to this day he remains one of the greatest ever goalkeepers the game of football has ever produced.

He began a career that was to span three decades with his local colliery side in Sheffield and made his professional debut with Chesterfield in the 1950s. He went on to make over 300 appearances for Leicester City and also played more than 200 senior games with Stoke.

It was however with England that he forged his worldwide reputation. First capped by Sir Alf Ramsey against Scotland at Wembley in 1963, Banks quickly established himself as first choice for his country.

He was one of the first names on Ramsey's team sheet by the time of the 1966 World Cup finals and he kept three successive clean sheets as England completed the group phase unbeaten. He was finally beaten by a Eusebio penalty in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Portugal and although he conceded two in the famous final against West Germany, it mattered little as England were crowned world champions.

Banks was still England's number one at the 1970 World Cup and although the side's defence of their crown was ultimately unsuccessful, he reaffirmed his status as a goalkeeping legend with his famous save from Pele's header in the group phase clash with the Brazilians in Mexico.

Jairzinho delivered an inviting cross from the right wing which bypassed the English centre halves, Pele rose majestically in the air and Banks seemed destined to be beaten as he scampered despairingly across his goal in Guadalajara. Pele's header was perfect - firm and downwards - but Banks somehow managed to tip the ball over the crossbar. Pele, and the crowd, were simply stunned.

Banks played his final game for England in 1972 after 73 caps but his professional career was ended prematurely after he lost sight in his right eye following a car crash the same year. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Brazil beat England 1-0 at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico but the defending champions could have suffered a heavier defeat had it not been for Gordon Banks unbelievable save from a Pele header that seemed destined to find the back of the net.

Somehow Banks managed to tip the ball over the crossbar and this stunning print celebrates the iconic moment in Guadalajara when one of the world's greatest goalkeepers denied the world's greatest ever player with what became known as the 'Save of the Century'.

This Limited Edition (408/500) print is personally signed Banks himself and is a stunning piece of sporting memorabilia that remembers a truly iconic moment of World Cup history.
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