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The geatest goalkeeper West Ham never had

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Football fans the length and breadth of the country are mourning the passing of England legend Gordon Banks, who has passed away at age of 81.

Yet because of Greenwood's admirable reluctance to renege on an agreement with Kilmarnock, West Ham supporters would never have the opportunity to find out.



RIP Gordon Banks, 1937-2019.



Yet shortly after the two shook hands on the deal, Leicester boss Matt Gillies contacted Greenwood to say that Leicester had agreed to sell Banks to West Ham for just £50,000 - little more than a year after the 'keeper had starred for England in the 1966 World Cup Final.

One wonders just how much Banks' signing would have improved West Ham, who already featured Moore, Peters and Hurst alongside promising youngsters such as Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard and Trevor Brooking.

Banks, who had been keen to team up with his three World Cup-winning team mates signed instead for Stoke City - and instead of playing behind behind Bobby Moore, was to face him as an opposing goalkeeper when West Ham and Stoke met in an epic four-game League Cup semi final in 1972.

However legend tells that he could've been playing domestically alongside fellow 1966 heroes Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters - had then-manager Ron Greenwood not refused to renege on an agreement to sign Bobby Ferguson from Scottish side Kilmarnock.
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