Gordon Banks lends a hand to help Wolves legend Bert Williams settle in to new home

Two England goalkeeping greats came together as Gordon Banks helped Wolves legend Bert Williams move into his new home.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Bert Williams and Gordon Banks share a joke at the Croft Residential Home in Finchfield
Former Wolves goalkeeper Bert Williams with Gordon Banks at the Croft Residential Home in Finchfield

World Cup winning glove-man Banks greeted Williams at Croft Residential Home in Finchfield.

The pair have become good friends in recent years and Williams was delighted to see the former Stoke City keeper as he continued to recuperate from recent health problems.

Williams, aged 93, said he was being well looked after by the ‘lovely’ staff at Croft, in Castlecroft Road, Finchfield.

“Everyone’s very nice here and it’s wonderful to see Gordon,” Williams said.

“We respect each other hugely as men and as professionals.

“We admired each other and of course he made the best save in the world.”

Williams was referring to the legendary wonder-stop Banks made from a Pele header in the 1970 World Cup.

And Banks, who these days works on the football pools, said he picked up many of his skills from watching Williams as a youngster.

“I thought that much of him that on Saturday I’d go the the games and stand behind the goal to watch Bert,” Banks said.

“His agility was tremendous – the way he could get across that goal line the way he did was just fantastic.

“We’ve become great friends over the years and it’s always a pleasure to see him and talk about the game.” Banks shared Williams’ hope that the latter’s beloved Wolves earn promotion this season.

He said he was sad to see the club at its current level in League One.

“It was very sad to see them go down and like Bert I’m hoping they sort themselves out quickly as it’s a far cry from his day when they were one of the best teams in the world,” Banks added.

Visitors to the private residential home were keen to get photos of the two famous heroes together. Home manager Pat Parkes, herself a Wolves fan, said the staff were delighted to welcome someone as esteemed as Williams into their community.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to have him here and we’ll certainly look after him,” she said. “And to have two of the best goalkeepers ever in the same room is a real pleasure.

“The staff have been excited about having Bert here. We’ve got a great team and a very good reputation and it’s a joy to see Bert looking well.”

Earlier this year Williams – England’s oldest living international – reached a target of raising £150,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

His fundraising campaign began 11 years ago when his wife Evelyn, who suffered from alzheimer’s, passed away.

Comments for: "Gordon Banks lends a hand to help Wolves legend Bert Williams settle in to new home"

petem

The oldest living international, something they forget to mention when they are coming out with all the hype before any England games, mind you he does come from round here and played for the Wolves so it's to be expected ! Nice to see the two great's together.

smithy

Would have loved to have listened to the stories they have to tell.