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Gordon Banks: Daughter 'very proud' ahead of funeral

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Image caption Gordon Banks had been ill for a number of weeks before his death

The daughter of England's World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has been speaking of an outpouring of love for her father ahead of his funeral.

Wendy Banks said the support was a comfort and "it makes you feel very humble and proud all at the same time".

Banks's funeral is being held later at Stoke Minster on the 47th anniversary of Stoke City's League Cup win.

The keeper was born in Sheffield and made almost 200 appearances for the Potters after joining them in 1967.

Banks died aged 81 on 12 February, having been ill for a number of weeks.

Stoke City said the coffin would be carried by the current number one goalkeepers of all three clubs he had served.

Jack Butland will be joined by Joe Anyon of Chesterfield, Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and England stalwart Joe Hart.

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Media captionGordon Banks' daughter remembers "a great goalkeeper and a great dad"

Ms Banks told the BBC: "We are very surprised at how world-wide [the support] has been.

"He was absolutely brilliant, he had a lot of time for us all, we had a lot of fun, the house was always full of laughter and jokes.

"It was football, Match of the Day and laughs, I miss everything already.

"Stoke City were all we talked about, we would have the whole match debrief and we'd argue over players.

"It was football, football, football."

Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup campaign, culminating in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.

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Image caption Stoke City fans left tributes in memory of Gordon Banks outside the club's stadium

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