England Football Gift: ‘Gordon Banks Remarkable Save From Pele’ Limited Edition Print.
Ahhh, the memories come flooding back of the 1970 World Cup. The England captain Bobby Moore charged with stealing a bracelet, Gordon Banks had his food poisoned,,,oh and a great match between two world giants.
With the searing midday heat of 102 degrees in Mexico City 1970, and on a rock hard pitch, Gordon Banks reaffirmed his status as a goalkeeping legend.
His famous save from Pele during the World Cup clash with Brazil in the Guadalajara Stadium, is still considered the best save ever. “Like a salmon leaping up a waterfall” Pele later commented.
Pele’s bullet header was perfect – firm and downwards – but Banks somehow managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.
No wonder it was called ‘The Save of the Century’. It didn’t seem possible. It defied all logic.
Banks described the moment perfectly…“When I saw Jairzinho arc around, I knew the cross was coming. I moved off my line and as I turned my head I saw Pelé. He met the ball with the meat of his head. Textbook stuff. I heard him shout, ‘Golo!’ I found myself at a 40-degree angle with my right hand stretching out towards the post, my eyes trained on the ball.
I knew if I made contact, I’d have to get it up in the air. The ball hit the deck two yards in front of me. I made contact with one finger and rolled my hand, using the third and fourth fingers as leverage.
I landed crumpled against the netting and my first reaction was to look at Pelé. He’d ground to a halt. I knew all I needed to know.”
England eventually lost 1-0 and later would lose 3-2 against West Germany in the quarter final when Banks was sidelined with a bout of food poisoning (some still claim skullduggery).
Capped 73 times by his country, ‘the Banks of England’ finally hung up his gloves in 1972 at the age of 34.
This save by England’s best ever goalkeeper was simply stunning. Breathtaking. Simply get this hanging on your wall!
Only 50 available of this England football print. And each one is individually printed and numbered.
For every print we sell, a donation is made to a charity or fund raising cause associated with the England team. We’ve helped many worthy causes over the years, and this is our way of contributing to those that need help and support.
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