By Dan Coles
Football contracts signed by one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time are coming up for auction next month.
Gordon Banks OBE, who died earlier this year was renown for not just being one the most beloved player of his generation, but for also sporting the number 1 Jersey in England’s one and only world cup victory.
The contracts on offer show the startling difference in wages between players now and 50 years ago, with Banks seeing a maximum of £100 a week in 1971 at the peak of his career, which takes his yearly wage to £1,200 a year – with bonuses starting at as little as £5.
In comparison to today’s game, Jordan Pickford, England’s current starting keeper is earning £1,200,000 a year, £100,000 a week.
Richard Winterton, auctioneer of Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal said: “This is a magnificent chance to own a piece of history from one of the greatest goalkeepers we’ve ever had.
“As a Stoke fan myself, I must say this is a lovely piece of memorabilia to get my hands on.”
Divided into two lots, the documents cover a pivotal time in Banks’ career, leading up to the 1966 World Cup followed by the 1970 tournament where he made one of the game’s greatest-ever saves to stop a famously venomous shot from Pele in a match that saw us lose in a 1-0 defeat.
Three contracts are being marketed by Richard Winterton Auctioneers and will feature in the Fine & Decorative Arts Sale at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, on June 19. It is hoped they will fetch £5,000 at auction.
The first lot is a Leicester City contract signed by Banks and club secretary Edward Plumley dated 1964 – the year the club won the League Cup – and runs to June 1966, right up to England’s iconic victory in the tournament that July.
The second lot consists of Two contracts for Stoke City, one from 1970, signed by Banks when he was 30, which saw his wages rise from £60 a week to £75 a week. Another from 1971 sees his pay packet go up again to a monstrous £100 a week.
The Leicester contract details Banks’ weekly wages at the club and increments to which he would be entitled depending on the team’s success. It is estimated to sell for between £1,500 and £2,000.
The Stoke contracts are estimated to go under the hammer for £3,000.
Gordon Banks OBE made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career and won 73 caps for England.
Despite his team’s successes and his role in the 1966 World Cup win, Banks was dropped by Leicester City and sold to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967.
In the 1970 World Cup, Banks made one of football’s greatest-ever saves against Pelé but missed the quarter-final game where England were defeated by West Germany due to illness.
Banks unfortunately passed away earlier this year but will always be remembered as one of the most electric football players of his generation for both club and country.
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