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Gordon Banks – the Missing Piece in the Jigsaw

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Blind Hammer remembers what could have been for West Ham and Gordon Banks.

The death of Gordon Banks means that we have lost another of the Golden 1966 World Cup winning generation.

Shilton and Clemence were both world class goal keepers but it was Gordon Banks who started this dynasty and was the undisputed original master.

What is less known is that Gordon Banks could have been a West Ham legend?

In all the years I watched West Ham Geoff Hurst never again failed with his bullet penalties but it was inevitable if there was ever going to be a miss it would be against his friend Gordon Banks.

The failure to sign Banks came back to haunt West Ham in 1972.

Despite his 1966 triumph with England, by 1967 Banks was available for transfer.
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