Legends Pele and Banks head to Stoke City

April 3, 2008

LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) - Gordon Banks and Pele, who between them provided one of the World Cup's most memorable moments, will come together in Stoke later this year.

Brazil great Pele will unveil the first part of a triple statue in honour of former Stoke City and England goalkeeper Banks at the club's Britannia Stadium.

The unveiling on July 12 will be accompanied by a charity match between a Pele XI and a Gordon Banks XI to help fight poverty in Africa, the club said on their Website

Pele's assistant manager for the match will be Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The match is also intended to celebrate the lives of two famous sons of Stoke-on-Trent, Josiah Wedgwood and Stanley Matthews. Wedgwood helped end slavery while Matthews, who began his long and illustrious career at Stoke, taught children to play football in Soweto, South Africa.

Banks, who won the 1966 World Cup with England and was capped 73 times, is best remembered for his save from a Pele header in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.