Football legend Gordon Banks is coming to Louth

Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks

It is not often that you get to shake hands and spend time with a real legend, but England goalkeeper Gordon Banks is coming to Louth Town Hall in February as he marks the 50th Anniversary of England winning the World Cup in 1966.

Gordon enjoyed a career which took him to the top of his profession with Leicester and Stoke, with Cup Finals at Wembley and many other honours, but he made the England goalkeeper jersey his own and played in every game of the tournament in 1966 - including the historic final in which England became World Champions by beating West Germany 4-2.

As if that was not enough, Gordon continued his England career and appeared in the 1970 tournament in Mexico, pulling off a save that was applauded by the man who had attempted to score – Pele. That save has gone down in football folklore as one of the greatest goalkeeping moments in the history of the game.

Gordon will be speaking of those great career moments and many more anecdotes when he appears at Louth Town Hall on Saturday, February 5 at 7pm.

The evening includes a meal, and is suitable for a mixed audience of all ages.

Gordon said: “I don’t ever remember visiting Louth before. 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 available now for £45 (including meal) with some very limited VIP tickets at £65 from www.eventbrite.co.uk. Search for Louth, Lincolnshire Events. For party rates and any other enquiries, telephone 01507 354336.

The tickets are already selling fast, so make sure you book your place today.