Remembering England football great Gordon Banks


Gordon Banks a footballing legend has passed away at the age of 81 and it is worth remembering a player that stamped his legacy on the game we call football.

Banks will be remembered for three things; winning the World Cup, making one of the greatest saves in football history and tragically losing an eye in a car crash. But away from the game he was also a kind, gentile person and no one had a bad word to say about him.

His greatest days of course was in 1966 when his goalkeeping heroics helped England win the World Cup when they beat West Germany 4-2 in the final. This win remains England’s only major international trophy, and of course was the highlight of Banks career. It made him of course a footballing legend the world over, but it was interesting how Banks feet stayed on the ground.

They didn’t four years later in Mexico when England were defending their World Cup trophy against tournament favourites Brazil. Everyone knew that Brazil were far and away the best side at that World Cup, and so what a tie we had to feast on when the pre tournament favourites were playing the current world champions. At one moment Pele the greatest player of a generation saw a space on the bottom left hand corner of the goal and rose up like an oak tree to head home. It was going to be a goal surely, but Pele wasn’t counting on Banks to dive down and save the ball which spiralled high up in the air and went out for a corner.

This save left his teammates dazzled and even Pele could not believe it. Though Brazil went on to win that game 1-0 and then won the World Cup against Italy in the final, that save actually brought about a special friendship between Pele and Banks that lasted a lifetime.

Banks won league cups with both Stoke and Leicester but it is on a personal level that he will always be remembered. FIFA named Banks the best goalkeeper in the world in 1966, 67, 68, 69, 70 and 1971. For six years running Banks was considered the best player between the sticks, which is quite some recognition. Banks ended up playing for England 73 times.

Banks is clearly the best England goalkeeper of all time and one of the greatest keepers of all time too, he was also a gentleman and a down to earth individual which in these days isn’t always in abundance with the common footballer.


Premier League predictions

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With this being the last weekend of Premier League action, every sides that will be keen to end their season with a win. Here are our predictions for the upcoming games!

Burnley vs AFC Bournemouth – home win

Burnley have been truly phenomenal this season, securing Europa League action against the odds, and will be hoping this game rounds off a fantastic campaign.

With Nick Pope (12 clean sheets) cutting an inspired figure at times this season, this could well be his last chance to make a late bid to become the England keeper come the summer’s World Cup in Russia. Continue reading

Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 38


Burnley vs AFC Bournemouth

Burnley (4-4-1-1)

Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward, Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jeff Hendrick, Sam Vokes

Questionable: Ben Mee, Chris Wood

Out: Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady, Scott Arfield, Steven Defour

AFC Bournemouth (3-4-3)

Asmir Begovic, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Ryan Fraser, Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman, Charlie Daniels, Joshua King, Callum Wilson, Marc Pugh

Questionable: Harry Arter, Adam Smith

Out: Junior Stanislas

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Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 37


Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United

Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-1-1)

Mathew Ryan, Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Gatan Bong, Anthony Knockaert, Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens, Jose Izquierdo, Pascal Groβ, Leonardo Ulloa

Questionable: None

Out: Steve Sidwell, Isaiah Brown

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Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 36


Liverpool vs Stoke City

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

Questionable: Nathaniel Clyne

Out: Joel Matip, Adam Lallana, Emre Can

Stoke City (4-4-1-1)

Jack Butland, Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Erik Pieters, Moritz Bauer, Joe Allen, Papa Alioune Ndiaye, Ramadan Sobhi Ahmed, Zherdan Shaqiri, Mame Biram Diouf Continue reading

Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 35


Burnley vs Chelsea

Burnley (4-4-2)

Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward, Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Johann Berg Gudmindsson, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood

Questionable: Georges-Kevin N’koudou, Jonathan Walters
Out:  Scott Arfield, Steven Defour, Ben Mee, Robbie Brady

Chelsea (3-4-2-1)

Thibault Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta, Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, Willian, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata

Questionable: None
Out: David Luiz, Danny Drinkwater, Ethan Ampadu

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Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 34


Southampton vs Chelsea

Southampton (3-4-2-1)

Alex McCarthy, Ryan Bertrand, Maya Yoshida, Wesley Hoedt, Cedric Soares, Oriol Romeu, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic, Manolo Gabbiadini

Questionable: Mario Lemina, Shane Long

Out: Jack Stephens, Sam McQueen, Steven Davis

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Premier League Expected Line-Ups – Week 33


Everton vs Liverpool

Everton (4-2-3-1)

Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane, Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yannick Bolasie, Cenk Tosun

Questionable: Idrissa Gana Gueye
Out: Gylfi Sigurdsson, James McCarthy, Eliaquim Mangala, Maarten Stekelenburg

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Premier League predictions for the weekend ahead


Another week of Premier League action looms ahead of us with some valuable fixtures at both ends of the table, check out our predictions here!

Manchester United vs. Liverpool – home win

Still widely considered to be the biggest game in English football, this threatens to be a real cracker this weekend.

Whilst Mo Salah has been in incredible form this season – leading Liverpool’s line with 24 goals and 134 points – United have overcome some big sides at Old Trafford this season, a factor that probably makes them marginal favourites.

The exploits of David de Gea, who has conceded just 22 goals in 29 appearances could Continue reading

Chelsea’s Reported Interest in Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll Divides Opinion


The new age of austerity at Chelsea has seen the London giants being linked with a host of names to take up the mantle of striker at the club, and while there are some logical suggestions one or two have seem to come out of nowhere.

For example, Roma forward Edin Dzeko has been mooted for an imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge, and indeed that would appear to be one of the names that makes perfect sense. He is a player with big club experience, as well as tenure in the Premier League having previously played for Man City. The deal looks set to go through very soon. Continue reading