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England goalkeeper Gordon Banks was one of the very Best

The England legend Gordon Banks
The England legend Gordon Banks

Editor's Viewpoint

The magnificent save by English goalkeeper Gordon Banks from a header by Pele in the 1970 World Cup has been replayed endlessly as a fitting tribute to one of the finest goalkeepers of all time who has died.

But even the genius of Banks was outshone on one occasion by Northern Ireland's own world class talent, George Best. As Banks threw up the ball to clear it in a match at Windsor Park Best knicked it away from him and cheekily headed it into the net, but to the anger of the Northern Ireland fans the referee disallowed it. Little wonder the inimitable journalist Hugh McIlvanney summed up Best as having 'feet as sensitive as a pickpocket's hands'.

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