Banks fumes over FA for treatment of 1966 Champions

 

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Southgate’s team lift the trophy, the Football Association will look after the players better than they did his generation.
The 80-year-old told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he and his teammates have never felt they received proper recognition after beating West Germany 4-2at Wembley. England are two wins away from winning the trophy for just the second time in their history despite low expectations going into the tournament in Russia.

“I hope if these guys succeed they feel more appreciated by the FA than we were,’ said Banks.
‘They should be. They will have deserved it. The FA have done nothing for us. I have been very disappointed with the FA and what they could have done.”

Banks was capped 73 times but his top-flight career was ended when he lost sight in October 1972. His most famous save came in 1970 World cup group match against eventual champions Brazil when he somehow got down to his right to keep out a Pele header.

Banks said he and his teammates had been forced to sell memorabilia to make ends meet.
“In my case, it was 10 or 15 years ago. I still have the medal.

Banks added that even reunions were organized by their hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst instead of the FA. But the players have stopped meeting after various deaths and reasons of ill health.
“We used to be able to get together ourselves, which Geoff Hurst organised,” Banks said. “We did that for a good few years but so much had happened to the players now.

 

 

 

 

 

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