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Roy Hodgson Pays Tribute to Gordon Banks

15 February 2019

Amongst the talk of Crystal Palace's FA Cup clash with Doncaster Rovers this Sunday, Eagles manager Roy Hodgson took a moment to pay tribute to former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who passed away on Tuesday.

In his pre-match press conference today, Hodgson reflected on the shot-stopper's life and impact on the game, offering up his memories on both Banks' career and personality.

He said: "My memories of him are of the wonderful games he played, in particular for England. They’re the major memories. Like many else, [I remember] the World Cup where he found himself against Pele making what many people describe as 'the save of the century’.

"I was very sad to hear of his passing. I met him in the Stoke City boardroom when I was with England and I was impressed with him as a person and as a character and he impressed me with his youthfulness. That was the last time I met him and saw him, and it was two, maybe even three years ago.

"Like everyone else in football, I can pay tribute to what a great goalkeeper he was and in my very small knowledge of him, [he] seemed like a great man. I can only pass on my condolences to his family."

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