England’s legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks has announced that he is being treated for kidney cancer for a second time, at the age of 77. Banks was England’s goalkeeper in their 1966 World Cup winning campaign. The news was revealed in an interview with the Sunday Mirror newspaper. Banks confirmed he is having chemotherapy treatment in a the hope of avoiding a transplant, a decade after losing one kidney to cancer.
Banks represented Stoke City between 1967 and 1972. Making 250 appearances for Stoke and helping them win the league Cup in 1972. He is currently President of the Premier League side and in May they unveiled a bronze sculpture of Banks outside the Britannia Stadium, with Banks also being granted the freedom of the city.
Banks made what will always be remembered as one of the greatest saves in the history of football. When he somehow clawed the ball of the line and somehow over his crossbar from a Pele effort on his goal. All his sporting achievements, including winning the World Cup and that save from Pele, give Banks all the confidence that he beat this illness. Banks was given the news of illness after returning from a holiday in Florida last year.
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