Fans gather in Stoke to pay respects at Gordon Banks’ funeral

Thousands of people will gather in Stoke-on-Trent today to pay their respects to England football hero Gordon Banks.

The world cup winning goalkeeper died last month aged 81 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Sheffield, Banks made 628 appearances for Leicester, Stoke City, Chesterfield and England during his 20-year professional career.

Many remember him for his role in England’s success in the 1966 World Cup and for his career defining save he made against Brazil four years later.

The funeral service is by invitation-only and will be shown on a big screen at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium. Former teammates are expected to form a guard of honour at the stadium.

Fans, including children from local primary schools, will have the opportunity to say goodbye as the funeral procession travels a 10-mile route through the city. 

His coffin will be carried to Stoke Minster by three of the top goalkeepers from each of his teams, where the service is due to take place this afternoon.