Dad shares touching advice from the late Gordon Banks to his son

A piece of memorable advice given by Gordon Banks to a promising young goalkeeper has come to light following the death of England's 1966 World Cup winner.
The former Stoke and Leicester City star died at the age of 81 on Tuesday after losing his battle with kidney cancer. 
Tributes flooded in following the announcement but perhaps the most touching of all was a copy of the guidance Banks gave to the son of former Leicester Mercury journalist Lee Marlow.
- Chesterfield
- Leicester
- Stoke City
- Fort Lauderdale Strikers
 England caps:
World Cup 1966
League Cup 1964 & 1972
FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
OBE awarded in 1970 
Marlow tweeted a picture of the letter, adding: 'I interviewed Gordon Banks when I was at the Mercury. I told him my lad played in goal.
'I didn't put his response in the story but it was so lovely I transcribed it and gave it to my son. It's still on his bedroom wall today. God bless you, Gordon Banks x'.
In the letter, titled 'Goalkeeping advice from Gordon Banks to Lucas Marlow', England's 1966 hero offered his guidance on how Lucas could become a successful goalkeeper.
He wrote: 'Hello Lucas, your dad told me that you want to be a goalkeeper? Good lad. We always need good goalkeepers. Here's some advice from me...
'First of all, you have to work hard. Being a goalkeeper is not easy. But the more you play, the more you practice, the easier it gets.
'The more you play, your eyes will get better at spotting the angles. You will begin to know where the ball will go. This is called anticipation - great goalies have good anticipation.
'The eyes pick up the direction of the ball, how it floats through the air, and send messages to your brain and then to your hands. Keep practicing - and you'll get better and better at this.
'Always know where you are in the goal, narrow the angles down, make it as hard as possible for the striker to score. Play with a smaller ball. Playing with a bigger ball will seem much easier if you've been used to playing with a smaller one.
'Play games like table tennis - that will help sharpen up your reflexes and your hand-eye co-ordination. Throw a tennis ball against the wall and catch it.
'And be brave - you have to be brave to come out for crosses, or dive at the feet of a centre forward trying to score past you. And be brave, too, if you lose or make a mistake.
'We all make them - I made some mistakes - but I never let anyone see that I was upset. Good luck Lucas.'     
Banks is remembered for what is widely considered the greatest save of all time when he tipped a header from Pele over the bar at full stretch in a match with Brazil at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Pele himself famously yelled 'goal' as the ball left his forehead and stood open-mouthed as Banks somehow reached the ball as it went past him and flicked it away for a corner.
Banks, who was controversially never handed a knighthood and was forced to retire aged 34 after losing an eye in a car crash, endured several battles with kidney cancer and in recent months had been undergoing gruelling spells of chemotherapy.
Banks passed away with family at his side after his health deteriorated significantly in recent weeks and he is survived by his wife Ursula, who he met on national service in Germany in 1955, and their three children Julia, Robert and Wendy.
His family said in a statement on Tuesday: 'It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him'.

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