Banksy: My Autobiography by Gordon Banks

By Gordon Banks

For ten years Gordon Banks used to be broadly said to be the easiest goalkeeper on the earth, and, maybe, the simplest there is ever been. besides 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 yr, it was once all reduce brief while Banks misplaced an eye fixed in a vehicle crash. He defied scientific opinion by way of battling his long ago onto the soccer box finishing his occupation fidgeting with different legends like Pele, George top and Franz Beckenbauer within the fledgeling North American League. This booklet is the tale of a real English hero and an account of England's best footballing years.

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It wasn’t in me to complain, so I simply accepted my lot and concentrated on playing for my school until the day came when I took that big step out into the adult world. I wasn’t a great scholar and on leaving school in December 1952 I got a job as a bagger with a local coal merchant. It was dirty, hard, physical graft conducted in all weathers. My job involved shovelling coal into large coarse sacks, swinging them on my back from where I would heave them on to the back of a lorry. Though I didn’t appreciate it at the time, the work served to make my upper body and arms muscular, which is a great advantage for a goalkeeper.

For training, and found myself getting changed alongside around eighteen young amateurs and part-time professionals. Chesterfield were one of the few clubs to possess a gymnasium but any thoughts I may have had of working out on wall bars and practising my goalkeeping technique by diving around on crash mats, quickly evaporated. The ‘gym’ turned out to be a small cellar-like space underneath the sloping grandstand, no more than twenty-five feet by twelve. Its ceiling was a network of steel girders supporting the grandstand seating above.

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