Football legend Gordon Banks has been immortalised in a ceramic figurine designed by a Stoke-on-Trent pottery company.
Emma Bailey Ceramics has created 72 14.5cm tall statuettes to commemorate the second anniversary of the goalkeeper’s death on February 12.
Gordon Banks died in 2019 at the age of 81.
He is known by football supporters from across the nation for his time with big-name clubs Leicester City and Stoke City and was also part of the team who cliniced England’s only ever World Cup win in 1966.
The new figurines have been produced to celebrate his life and the victorious Stoke City league cup win in 1972.
Emma Bailey, who runs the Middleport Pottery-based company, said: “We’re coming up to the second anniversary of Gordon Banks’ death on February 12 and this time I’ve painted him in his Stoke City strip at the 1972 League Cup – and there’s only 72 being made.
“All of the figurines are hand-painted by me so each one will be slightly different, but the design is the same.
“They will be decorated to order and people are able to order their own number.”
The first 10 figurines will be donated to the Stoke City Old Boys Association (SCOBA) and Gordon Banks’ family.
But the remaining 62 are now available for pre-order by the general public for £72.
The pottery firm has agreed to donate 10 per cent of the proceeds from each sale to the Alzheimer’s Society, which Gordon was an ambassador of.
Emma said: “The figures are ideal for anybody who loves Gordon Banks, and we know that he was loved by the whole of the city despite which team they support.
“But I think this one will be very popular with Stoke City supporters because he’s been painted in the club colours, and of course, any collectors.
“They are only a small figurine but they take quite a lot of time to hand decorate, but it’s a real labour of love for me.”
The figurines can be ordered through the company’s website.