Banksy: My Autobiography by Gordon Banks

By Gordon Banks

For ten years Gordon Banks used to be generally said to be the simplest goalkeeper on the earth, and, maybe, the simplest there is ever been. in addition to avid gamers like Bobby Moore, Banks was once first on Sir Alf Ramsey's teamsheet - England's number 1 in either 1966 and 1970. yet in his leading, months after being named 1972 Footballer of the 12 months, it was once all minimize brief whilst Banks misplaced a watch in a vehicle crash. He defied scientific opinion by way of struggling with his long ago onto the soccer box finishing his occupation twiddling with different legends like Pele, George top and Franz Beckenbauer within the fledgeling North American League. This publication is the tale of a real English hero and an account of England's most interesting footballing years.

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28. Alf Ramsey. 29. Leicester City’s four home internationals. 30. Welcoming a young Peter Shilton to Filbert Street. 31. Mexico ’70. 32. The 1970 World Cup save from Pelé’s header. 33. The ball balloons over the bar to safety. 34. Organizing your defence. 35. In action for England against Scotland in 1971. 36. George Best about to pounce. 37. Pre-season training around the lanes of Cheshire. 38. My favourite photograph: saving Geoff Hurst’s penalty. 39. Stoke City’s victory over West Ham in the semi-final of the League Cup in 1972.

As I sat on the bus to Chesterfield, I felt full of anticipation about this new love of my life. My performances for the Chesterfield youth team earned me a promotion to the A team, then the reserves. I’d allowed myself to dream but the reality of the Central League woke me up with a jolt.

All your experience and technique takes over. The skills I had acquired through countless hours of practice and study had become what psychologists call ‘overlearned’, or, in layman’s terms, second nature. I suddenly found myself at a forty-degree angle with my right hand stretching out toward the post, my eyes trained on the quickly descending ball. One thing did flash through my mind: If I do make contact, I’ll not hold this. Instinct, over-learning, call it what you will – I knew that if I made contact with the ball, I had to get it up in the air.

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