A Tribute From An England Legend ...

Last updated : 24 December 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

... broadcaster David Coleman following his death at the weekend aged 87.

The Mexico World Cup in 1970 and Banks, deemed the world's best goalkeeper at the time, duly proved so by pulling off what became known as the "save of the century" to deny the great Pele a certain goal.

Brazil, who would subsequently win the group match 1-0, thought they had taken the lead against England when Jairzinho crossed from the right for Pele to head down into the ground, leaving Banks to somehow defy gravity to flick the goalbound ball over his bar.

Or as David Coleman put it, in those dramatic tones of his: "Carlos Alberto... this is dangerous... Jairzinho... oh, and he left Cooper standing...Pele!... what a save... Gordon Banks...picked that out of the net."

Banks, entitled to never tire of seeing and hearing the moment, admits he has relived it through Coleman's commentary many times.

The former England and Stoke City goalkeeper recalled: "It seemed to me, when I heard it the first time and in all the times since, that David couldn't quite believe what he had seen.

"He was a terrific commentator and the news of his death is very sad.

"Everybody you talked to said what a great commentator he was. He knew his football and did a great job."

Football fans growing up in the 1960s and '70s would often greet a goal in the playground with cries of "One nil!" in unknowing tribute to the nation's most celebrated commentator.