Community was saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Banks today. Gordon was a founder member of Xpro Community – the partnership between Community and the charity Xpro Life After Sport, which offers help to former sports professionals. Gordon attended the inaugural meeting of Xpro Community at Stoke City Old Boys only in July last year.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“I never had the privilege of meeting Gordon, but I know he was held in high regard by all those who knew him. The word legend can be used all too easily, especially in the world of football, but Gordon is someone who deserved to be described that way. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
Clive Emery, CEO of Xpro Community said:
“Gordon will be sadly missed, especially by those of us who were involved in setting up Xpro Community. He was so supportive of our efforts and he understood exactly what we were trying to do to offer more help to former sports professionals. Gordon was happy to lend his name to our two key campaigns issues around osteoarthritis and image rights and he did not hesitate to give us his backing. His memory will live long and I know he will continue to be an inspiration to so many people.”
Gordon Banks was England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper. He won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester City. He was 81.