Louth to welcome World Cup winner Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks will be visiting Louth in February EMN-160401-084609002
Gordon Banks will be visiting Louth in February EMN-160401-084609002

You could shake hands with an England football legend as World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks pays his first visit to Louth next month.

The iconic goalkeeper is coming to Louth Town Hall on Friday, February 5 (7pm) during the 50th anniversary year of England’s only World Cup win in 1966.

Banks enjoyed many years at the top of his profession during a club career with Leicester City and Stoke City, including cup final appearances at Wembley, but his greatest moments came while wearing the Three Lions.

He made the England goalkeeper jersey his own and played in every game of the 1966 tournament including, of course, the historic final in which England became world champions by beating West Germany 4-2.

He held the jersey through to the next World Cup in Mexico in 1970 where his incredible full-stretch save from Pele’s header became known as the save of the century, making a stop which even the legendary Brazilian could only applaud.

Banks will be speaking of these great career moments and retelling many more anecdotes during his visit which also includes a meal and is suitable for a mixed audience of all ages.

“I don’t ever remember visiting Louth before,” said Gordon. “I am looking forward to it. I have played at Lincoln and Grimsby, but I think this will my first ever visit to Louth, a new experience which I am looking forward to.

“It is amazing to think that it has now been 50 years since that great day at Wembley, but I remember every minute of it as if it was last weekend. I wish it was!”

Tickets are limited and on sale at £45, including meal, with some VIP tickets available at £65.

Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Louth, Lincolnshire Events. For party rates and any other enquiries, call Louth Town Hall on (01507) 354336.