Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81 (Image: GETTY)
A Stoke statement read: "From the family of Gordon Banks It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him."
The first suggestion that tragic news was incoming came from comedian John Bishop this morning. He tweeted “Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions. A gentleman and a football legend RIP.”
Stoke confirmed the news at 9.45am this