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I told Gordon Banks in our room that we were out of the 1970 World Cup | Alex Stepney

Alex Stepney, England roommate of an ill Gordon Banks in Léon, remembers his former colleague as a gentleman and the country’s best-ever goalkeeper

I actually told Gordon the score when we were knocked out of the 1970 World Cup by West Germany. We were rooming together and had moved to León the night before.

The day of the quarter-final we went for breakfast, then for a walk. The game was at midday, it was 100 degrees, it was the turn of Peter Bonetti [Chelsea goalkeeper] to be the substitute goalkeeper, not mine, and when Alf [Ramsey] named the team he named Gordon and that seemed to be it.

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