On Wednesday 24 August 2016, Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) honoured former World Cup winning and Stoke City FC goalkeeper, Gordon Banks OBE, with a statue unveiling ceremony at the College’s Gordon Banks Sports Centre.
The statue has been commissioned as part of a series of activities to mark Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s 50th Anniversary of serving the community, which also coincides with the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup in 1966. Designed by Andy Edwards, the original sculptor of the Gordon Banks statue which was located at Stoke City’s Bet365 stadium, features a lifelike bust of Gordon along with a cast of his famous goalkeeping hands.
Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive at NULC said: “Gordon has been a fantastic patron of the College over the years, attending awards events and passing on his years of wisdom to our current students, so it is a great honour, in our 50th anniversary year, to be able to unveil this statue of a man who is a close friend of the College and such an iconic part of British footballing history.”
The short ceremony commenced at 2:30pm where guests in attendance included current Stoke City FC and prospective England goalkeeper, Jack Butland, who had the honour of unveiling the statue, alongside Gordon Banks OBE, sculptor Andy Edwards and Andy Griffin, former Stoke City FC captain and Head Coach of NULC’s newly launched Andy Griffin Football Academy, an intensive programme aimed at young players who have aspirations to play football at a high level or work in the football industry but also want to complete a Level 3 qualification.