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Early commentsEdit

One source says December 20 was his birthday. Is this just rubbish/a typo?

Typo I suppose.--EchetusXe 22:05, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

one of his most famous stories tells of how he casually said "See you Alf!" to his England boss after one get-together ended, only for Ramsey to reply "Will you?" - Didn't Geoff Hurst say that?

No, it was Ramsey.--EchetusXe 22:05, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Was he born in Tamworth. All the other things I've found say Sheffield.

Sheffield.--EchetusXe 22:05, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
Try top line of Gordon Banks official website for DOB and place. Regards JRPG (talk) 21:57, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Dubious InformationEdit

Caps and goal figures in the article likely contain European cup/Domestic cup data in addition to Domestic League data (this is very certain based on this user's previous edits containing similar information [1]. Please correct this issue and leave a note here,, to warn this person about putting improper information on Wikipedia. --Palffy 21:12, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

According to his Football Heroes profile, a reliable and professional site run by a photographic and journalism agency, he made 194 League appearances for Stoke. Bentley Banana 17:45, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Chesterfield FC historian adds - to the best of my knowledge his dob is 20th December, and he was born in Sheffield.

Try top line of Gordon Banks official website for DOB and place. DOB: 30 December, 1937 (Rotherham) Regards JRPG (talk) 22:01, 23 February 2016 (UTC)
Born 30 December 1937 at 15 Arthur Road, Abbeydale, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire registered in Sheffield, March 1938. Thank you.--EchetusXe 22:12, 23 February 2016 (UTC)


Can somebody please explain (and rewrite) what a "5-4-3 record" is, please. Guinness (talk) 13:00, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Clean sheetsEdit

Excuse the accuser but wouldn't it make more sense to display clean sheets for a goalkeeper beside the appearances in the information box.After all they are not outfield players. To the uninitiated to see 0 goals beside people like Gordon banks would cause an inaccurate impression of his impact as a footballer. Debarpan18 (talk) 18:40, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

I completely agree with this. But that's enforced by the policy of Wiki Project Football. However, I've started a discussion to look at changing this in the talk page. Feel free to contribute by going to the talk page. CoffeeGiraffe (talk) 21:11, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Manager of Telford 1980Edit

I went to Telford for the Chelsea friendly on 6th May 1980. At the time Geoff Hurst was manager of Chelsea and Gordon Banks was manager of Telford United. I have no idea how long he was manager other than that he was defintely manager at the time. It was a big thing to see these two heroes of 66 shaking hands before the match.

I have googled it and found this: > England football legend Gordon Banks has revealed his sacking as manager of Telford United in 1980 was the reason why he did not manage again. The 1966 World Cup winner was boss at Telford from January 1979 to September 1980, but was sacked after just a season and a half. "They were good days for me, I thought I'd done a good job," Banks, now 73, told BBC Radio Shropshire. "They asked me to get them out of relegation, which I did do." He added: "Unfortunately we lost in a cup match, to a team lower down in the division away from home, and they gave me the big boot, which I was disappointed about." > Source:

I won't update the main page, someone else can decide how to do that and where to insert this information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:44, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

GA ReviewEdit

This review is transcluded from Talk:Gordon Banks/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 12:36, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

I'll grab this one now for a review this evening. Miyagawa (talk) 12:36, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Images check out. I took the liberty of categorising the new image on Commons. Miyagawa (talk) 21:26, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

There are quiet a few duplicate links, I lost count somewhere around forty. User:Ucucha/duplinks is a good tool for spotting them.

Having a read through now and there's one recurring element which could be copyedited - where you've said "for a £xx fee" could just be "for £xx".

Lead: "He made one of the game's great saves" - I don't doubt it, but it needs to attributed to someone's opinion in order to avoid being considered original research.

Chesterfield: Might be worth not piping Tinsley, so that it reads Tinsley, South Yorkshire. Once that's done, there wouldn't be a need to mention that Catcliffe is also in South Yorkshire as it'll be presumed.

How much later did Banks' brother die? You say later, but was it shortly after or was he injured in a manner which caused his death years later? Best to clarify.

Regarding his debut for Millspaugh, was Banks at the match as a spectator? Just wondering how he was brought into the team. Might also be worthwhile saying that he continued to play for Millspaugh after being dropped by Rawmarsh (at least that's what I'm presuming happened).

"However the reserve team were placed in..." - I do this myself, there isn't a need for the However.

Link Royal Signals, and Busby Babes to Busby Babes rather than Matt Busby.

Who was surprised by the transfer to Leicester?

Leicester City: "who had already ran away with the First Division title with ease and style", a bit encyclopaedic - needs to just be something like "who had already won the First Division title". If you want to express how easy they won it, then you might want to say how many points they won it by - stats are bound to be at the RSSSF or the Football League websites.

"but then turned on the style with a 8–1 demolition" - just needs to be 8-1 defeat per Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Words to watch.

Stoke City: As with the comment about the lead, the best saves point needs to be attributed to someone. Even if it's just the saves that Banks himself considers to be his best.

References: Ref #1 needs an access date and a creation date (well, update date).

  1. 35 could do with publisher information added - is a good resource. #48 just needs the publisher location added. Again worldcat should have the answer.
  2. 61 needs the publishing date added.

What makes #66 a reliable source.

  1. 102 needs the author and publishing date added.
  2. 111 needs to be formatted like the other references.
  3. 115 needs a publishing date.
  4. 123 needs an author and access date added.
  5. 138 it seems unlikely that "Times Online" is the article title.

That seems to be it, they're all mostly just copyediting tweaks and so I'll put this on hold for seven days and then will review progress. Miyagawa (talk) 12:26, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

I have made the edits you recommend. Thanks.--EchetusXe 19:29, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
Good work, the article looks good, and I'll be happy to promote once the duplicate links are tidied up. Miyagawa (talk) 19:43, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
Any progress with this one? Miyagawa (talk) 08:16, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
  • I'll list them below as shown by the duplicate link checking tool. Miyagawa (talk) 14:08, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
  1. Matt Gillies - Leicester City, first paragraph
  2. First Division - Leicester City, second paragraph
  3. Manchester United - Leicester City, fourth paragraph
  4. Matt Gilles, West Ham United - Leicester City, eighth paragraph
  5. Filbert Street, Matt Gilles, Victoria Ground - Stoke City, first paragraph
  6. First Division - Stoke City, second paragraph
  7. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane - Stoke City, third paragraph
  8. FA Cup, Hillsborough Stadium - Stoke City, fourth paragraph
  9. Chesterfield FC, Manchester United, Goodison Park, Frank McLintock, League Cup, West Ham United, Chelsea FC - Stoke City, fifth paragraph
  10. England national football team, Scotland national football team, Wembley Stadium (1923), Portugal national football team, Blackpool FC - second paragraph, International career
  11. Geoff Hurst, Portugal national football team, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton - second paragraph, 1966 World Cup
  12. West Germany national football team, Ray Wilson - third paragraph, 1966 World Cup
  13. Yugoslavia national football team - Euro 1968
  14. Peter Bonetti, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Brazil national football team - first paragraph, 1970 World Cup
  15. Hungary national football team - first paragraph, Final Years
  16. Jackie Mudie - Coaching career
  17. National service, Germany - first paragraph, Personal life
  18. Leicester City, Stoke City - second paragraph, Personal life
  19. Pele - fourth paragraph, Personal life

I really can't recommend User:Ucucha/duplinks to add the Highlight duplicate links tool so that you can see these. Miyagawa (talk) 14:08, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

  • Ah, my bad, I misinterpreted "links" as referring to references, d'oh. I'll go and fix it for you. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 14:38, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Perfect, that was all that was standing between this article and GA. So happy to promote now. Miyagawa (talk) 15:36, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Place & date of birth -sources differ!Edit

Hi EchetusXe & thanks for your useful edit reasons. From personal experience I've learnt to accept unexceptional routine statements like the above from a WP:BLP's own website -as I've found they can argue fairly persuasively that they are world authorities on themselves :) Even with eyesight problems, I would have expected GB to get the first line right. Whilst we may need to say that sources differ I think that's unlikely as I expect someone senior to Banks made a mistake & it got copied.
For comparison, I edited HMS Montagu some time ago having read her story in the Ilfracombe museum. She ran aground off Lundy and two RN officers went to a nearby lighthouse and ordered the keeper to send a message that they had run aground off Hartland point! He was having none of it & the ensuing argument ended suddenly when he said "I know what bloody light I'm keeping" I expect this will be similar. I don't know if Keith D has any additional Yorkshire knowledge. Regards JRPG (talk) 23:57, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

haha, well please bear in mind that it is unlikely that Banks himself had much to do with the website. Most likely his agent outsourced it relatively cost effectively. Englandfootballonline used his birth certificate to find 30 December 1937 at 15 Arthur Road, Abbeydale, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire registered in Sheffield, March 1938, and his own autobiography, which he will have spent infinitely more time on than his website, supports that 'Banks was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire and brought up in the working class area of Tinsley. The family later moved to the village of Catcliffe after his father set up a (then illegal) betting shop'. Catliffe is in Rotherham.--EchetusXe 09:31, 24 February 2016 (UTC)
Point conceded but I'm contacting his website to see if they can fix it. Regards JRPG (talk) 12:41, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
It will be interesting to see the reply, assuming there is one. Thanks!--EchetusXe 18:52, 25 February 2016 (UTC)

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Gordan Banks died on 15th February 2019 following a 3 year battle with kidney cancer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:56, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Seeing that today is the 12th, you may wish to check the date of death with your source. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:02, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Career statisticsEdit

The 'Career statistics' section is rather underwhelming (as noted above several years ago). Goals scored by Banks (zero in every instance) are not exactly informative; surely it's the goals that he conceded that is the crucial statistic here? JezGrove (talk) 10:17, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

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