Gordon Banks funeral draws big crowds after 1966 World Cup hero’s death

England’s iconic World Cup winners were among a star-studded cast of mourners today as thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke to pay their final respects to goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The Boys of ’66, including Sir Bobby Charlton, his brother Jack and hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, gathered at Stoke Minster this afternoon to celebrate the life of Banks following his death at the age of 81 on February 12.

In a touching tribute, Banks’ coffin will be carried into the minster by the current number one goalkeepers of all three clubs he served during his illustrious career.

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

The service, which is by invitation only, will also be shown on a big screen at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium, where club captain Ryan Shawcross and team-mates Joe Allen, Bruno Martins Indi, Charlie Adam, Tom Edwards and Mame Diouf will form a guard of honour along with members of the 1972 side.

England's 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst (left) was among the mourners today as thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke today as the city paid its final respects to World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

England's 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst (left) was among the mourners today as thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke today as the city paid its final respects to World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Order of service

Order of service

England’s 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst (left) was among the mourners today as thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke today as the city paid its final respects to World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Former England footballer Sir Bobby Charlton (middle) attends the funeral of 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks today

Former England footballer Sir Bobby Charlton (middle) attends the funeral of 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks today

Former England footballer Sir Bobby Charlton (middle) attends the funeral of 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks today

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton arrives at the Stoke funeral to pay his respects to his predecessor Gordon Banks 

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton arrives at the Stoke funeral to pay his respects to his predecessor Gordon Banks 

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton arrives at the Stoke funeral to pay his respects to his predecessor Gordon Banks 

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

Ray Clemence and David Seaman

Ray Clemence and David Seaman

Shown left, England World Cup hero Jack Charlton arrives at the service, as does former England goalkeepers Ray Clemence and David Seaman

The funeral cortege of footballer Gordon Banks makes it's way past the bet365 Stadium, as supporters lined the streets to pay their respects

The funeral cortege of footballer Gordon Banks makes it's way past the bet365 Stadium, as supporters lined the streets to pay their respects

The funeral cortege of footballer Gordon Banks makes it’s way past the bet365 Stadium, as supporters lined the streets to pay their respects

In a touching tribute, Banks' coffin will be carried into the minster by the current number one goalkeepers of all three clubs he served during his illustrious career

In a touching tribute, Banks' coffin will be carried into the minster by the current number one goalkeepers of all three clubs he served during his illustrious career

In a touching tribute, Banks’ coffin will be carried into the minster by the current number one goalkeepers of all three clubs he served during his illustrious career

Burnley Goalkeeper Joe Hart (middle) and Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (right) arrive for the funeral service for Gordon Banks

Burnley Goalkeeper Joe Hart (middle) and Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (right) arrive for the funeral service for Gordon Banks

Burnley Goalkeeper Joe Hart (middle) and Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (right) arrive for the funeral service for Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks's funeral cortege arrives at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium ahead of the legendary England goalkeeper's funeral today

Gordon Banks's funeral cortege arrives at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium ahead of the legendary England goalkeeper's funeral today

Gordon Banks’s funeral cortege arrives at Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium ahead of the legendary England goalkeeper’s funeral today

Fans decked out in their Stoke City kits and scarves applauded as the procession made its way through the stadium today

Fans decked out in their Stoke City kits and scarves applauded as the procession made its way through the stadium today

Fans decked out in their Stoke City kits and scarves applauded as the procession made its way through the stadium today

Former England goalkeepers Pat Jennings, Ray Clemence and David Seaman (shown left to right) make their way into Stoke Minster this afternoon

Former England goalkeepers Pat Jennings, Ray Clemence and David Seaman (shown left to right) make their way into Stoke Minster this afternoon

Former England goalkeepers Pat Jennings, Ray Clemence and David Seaman (shown left to right) make their way into Stoke Minster this afternoon

Fans will have an opportunity to say their own farewells as the funeral cortege passes along a 10-mile route through the city. 

And prior to this afternoon’s service, a five-car funeral cortege passed through Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium, stopping at the pitchside dugout for a few minutes, to sustained applause from the assembled crowd.

The various achievements of Banks, who also won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, were displayed on the big screen as a chant of ‘England’s number one’ broke out.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke as the city paid its final respects to England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke as the city paid its final respects to England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Thousands of people lined the streets of Stoke as the city paid its final respects to England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Tributes are left at the Gordon Banks statue outside Stoke City's Bet365 Stadium today, as thousands gathered in the city to pay their gratitudes on his funeral day

Tributes are left at the Gordon Banks statue outside Stoke City's Bet365 Stadium today, as thousands gathered in the city to pay their gratitudes on his funeral day

Tributes are left at the Gordon Banks statue outside Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium today, as thousands gathered in the city to pay their gratitudes on his funeral day

Stoke City fans gather inside the Bet365 Stadium to watch their hero's funeral on the ground's big screen this afternoon

Stoke City fans gather inside the Bet365 Stadium to watch their hero's funeral on the ground's big screen this afternoon

Stoke City fans gather inside the Bet365 Stadium to watch their hero’s funeral on the ground’s big screen this afternoon

Football fans pay their respects in memory of Gordon Banks at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the former Stoke City and England goalkeeping legend's funeral

Football fans pay their respects in memory of Gordon Banks at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the former Stoke City and England goalkeeping legend's funeral

Football fans pay their respects in memory of Gordon Banks at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the former Stoke City and England goalkeeping legend’s funeral

Members of the British Army also formed their own guard of honour at the Minster in a nod to Banks’ two years of service in the Royal Corps of Signals before his football career took off. 

Sheffield-born Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke, but it was on the international stage that he established himself as a star, winning 73 senior caps, most famously in the 4-2 World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966.

However, he will probably be best remembered for his heroics in Mexico four years later when he made the breathtaking save which was to define his career when he somehow managed to turn Brazil star Pele’s header over the crossbar.

Stoke City fans are pictured as they gather at a mass tribute to Gordon Banks outside the Potters' Bet265 Stadium today

Stoke City fans are pictured as they gather at a mass tribute to Gordon Banks outside the Potters' Bet265 Stadium today

Stoke City fans are pictured as they gather at a mass tribute to Gordon Banks outside the Potters’ Bet265 Stadium today

The statue of Gordon Banks outside Stoke's stadium, which shows him lifting the Jules Rimet trophy into the air, is adorned with scarfs

The statue of Gordon Banks outside Stoke's stadium, which shows him lifting the Jules Rimet trophy into the air, is adorned with scarfs

The statue of Gordon Banks outside Stoke’s stadium, which shows him lifting the Jules Rimet trophy into the air, is adorned with scarfs

Sheffield-born Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke, but it was on the international stage that he established himself as a star, winning 73 senior caps

Sheffield-born Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke, but it was on the international stage that he established himself as a star, winning 73 senior caps

Sheffield-born Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke, but it was on the international stage that he established himself as a star, winning 73 senior caps

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