FA Cup hurt lingers for Banks
England v Brazil highlights fom 1970 World Cup
He is a World Cup winner, famous for 'that' save to deny Pele and rightly recognised as one of the finest goalkeepers the game has ever seen, so Gordon Banks can look back on his playing days with relatively few regrets.
But, when the England legend takes his seat at Wembley for Saturday's FA Cup final, he will be hoping his beloved Stoke City can take care of some unfinished business from more than 40 years ago.
Banks held aloft the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 but he never got his hands on the FA Cup, despite being within touching distance on several occasions.
He appeared in two finals for Leicester City, losing to Tottenham in 1961 and Manchester United in 1963, but it is being reminded of defeats by Arsenal in two semi-finals with the Potters in 1971 and 1972 that still makes him angry, four decades on.
The Gunners went on to lift the Cup and complete the double in '71 but, when I spoke to him this week, Banks was adamant that Stoke should have progressed instead. They led 2-1 at Hillsborough, deep into injury time, when a contentious corner led to a penalty and a last-gasp Peter Storey equaliser.
Banks remembers the incident vividly and his description of it provides a reminder that controversial refereeing decisions are not just a modern phenomenon.
Banks played 246 games for Stoke during five years at the Victoria Ground. Photo: Getty
"Time was up, and I knew if I could deal with an Arsenal free-kick then the game had to be over," Banks told me. "I came out and got a clean catch, but John Radford hit me in the middle of the back and I couldn't help but drop the ball and it went out for a corner, which of course they scored from. To this day, I do not know why the referee did not blow for the foul. It was criminal.
"Of course it still rankles. It would rankle with any footballer to feel that they have been cheated out of reaching a Cup final, and that's exactly what we felt. Not just me, but all the Stoke players."
Stoke lost the replay, just as they did against the same opposition a year later - again under questionable circumstances when the linesman apparently mistook a touchline programme seller for a defender, allowing Radford to race clear and score the winner despite being a long way offside.
Until this season, those games remained the closest Stoke had come to an FA Cup final, although Banks helped the club win the 1972 League Cup (he had previously played in the Leicester side that beat Stoke in a two-leg final in 1964), the only major silverware in their history, a few months before losing an eye in the car accident which would end his career.
It has taken the Potters until now to re-emerge as trophy contenders, but Banks remained a keen observer throughout their wilderness years. He still lives on the north Staffordshire border, was a regular spectator at their old Victoria Park home and now the Britannia Stadium, and has been Stoke's honorary president since 2000.
His ties to the club goes back almost to the day he signed for them in April 1967, but had an unlikely beginning after the shock of Leicester telling him he could leave Filbert Street.
Banks, who had won the World Cup less than a year before, was 29 and at the peak of his powers. He was still England's number one but the Foxes decided to sell, thinking they could turn a tidy profit and had a ready-made replacement in a teenage understudy by the name of Peter Shilton, who had demanded first-team football.
Nobody came in for Banks initially - something he still does not understand - and he remembers that when the possibility of the move to Stoke materialised, it did not appeal at first. But he quickly fell in love with the area and forged a special relationship with its people, another reason why the 73-year-old is looking forward to Saturday's clash with Manchester City so much.
"I have been to Wembley a number of times but I am thrilled to bits for the fans," Banks explained. "They have been magnificent over the last few years and that is why so pleased for them to be in a Cup final. They will have a great day whatever happens because they are the type of supporters that will make the most of it and will get right behind the team."
They might have a say in where the trophy ends up too.
Like Banks, I was at Wembley for Stoke's emphatic semi-final win over Bolton and my ears are still ringing from the incredible din the Potters fans created. It was not a one-off either because, whenever the club has called for their support since their return to the top flight in 2008, they have not let them down.
"They really were something special for the semi-final," Banks recalled. "Stoke is a city that has not had much to shout about recently, with employment problems and things like that, so this has given the locals a lovely lift and something to cheer about - and it's brilliant that the club always acknowledges that the fans have been part of their success too."
Arsenal are awarded their last-gasp penalty in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final. Photo: Getty
Banks played his own part in the club's Cup run. Stoke boss Tony Pulis invited him into the dressing room just before their quarter-final against West Ham, hoping a World Cup winner and club legend could inspire his squad. It worked, although Banks laughs off the importance of his speech.
"Tony just got me in to say a few words," he revealed. "I just kept it simple and told them what a great day it would be for them if they could get through to play at Wembley for the semi-final, because I knew a lot of them hadn't played there before. I told them to remember that the crowd would get behind them whatever happened, but, if they gave 100%, they would roar their heads off for them."
Stoke's vocal support is universally admired but Tony Pulis and his players have won fewer plaudits for what is seen as a primitive approach to the game.
The criticism that their playing style is over-reliant on set-pieces and Rory Delap's catapult throws is something a regular watcher like Banks insists is unfair and does not reflect their recent progress or use of skilful wide-men like Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington, who remains a doubt for the final with a hamstring injury.
"People think Stoke still play the same as they did when they came into the Premier League three years ago - they don't see us often enough to notice how different we have become," Banks explained. "We have improved a lot this season and we are playing more football, and better football. Credit for that must go to Tony."
Despite Stoke's tactical development or the impressive form that has seem them lose only one of their last nine games, they still go into the Cup final as definite underdogs against big-spending City. Banks, though, remains confident they can spring a surprise.
"I went to see us against Arsenal, who have been one of the top teams in the country for quite a while now, on Sunday and I was absolutely thrilled by the way that we played against them," he said. "We played some great football, didn't allow them to play, created stacks of chances and scored goals. It was just terrific."
A similar performance on Saturday might be enough to secure a long-awaited addition to the club's trophy cabinet, but would a Stoke triumph make up for the heartache of Banks' near-misses in the Cup as a player?
"Definitely," he replies without hesitating. "I have waited a long time for this, and I would love to see it happen. I will be there cheering them on with the rest of our fans, don't worry about that!"
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