Gordon Banks: Sheffield stadium renamed in memory of football legend

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Gordon Banks, pictured here in 1966, was a "legend and role model", Sheffield City Council said

A sports stadium in Sheffield is to be renamed after a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

The Woodbourn Road ground will be named after Gordon Banks, who was born in the city and is regarded as one of the game's greatest goalkeepers.

During his career, Banks earned a total of 73 caps playing for England.

The footballer was a "legend and role model" and should be celebrated as part of the stadium's £1.5m renovation, the city council said.

Banks was born in Tinsley and began his career with Sheffield Schoolboys.

He became famous as part of the 1966 England team and was also responsible for the so-called "save of the century" against Pele of Brazil in the 1970 finals.

He died in 2019 at the age of 81.

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Gordon Banks, pictured in 1965, earned 73 caps playing for England during his career

The five-a-side football pitches and pavilion at Woodbourn Road had "significant health and safety issues" when Sheffield City Council took over the site in 2019, council officer James Barnes said.

It had since been "significantly" improved and modernised and, following the refurbishment, the site would become The Gordon Banks Stadium, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The goalkeeper was previously honoured in Sheffield with a star dedicated to him on the Walk of Fame outside the Town Hall.

Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, who had campaigned for a local memorial to Banks, said: "My uncle lived three doors down from Gordon on Ferrars Road and remembered him playing on Tinsley Park as a child."

Mr Mohammed, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, said he always told young people about Banks.

"I've always seen him as someone who grew up in Sheffield and became a real legend and role model," he said.

"He is a good inspiration to young people and we need to celebrate him."

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Gordon Banks was honoured with a star on the Walk of Fame outside Sheffield Town Hall in 2017

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