Eamonn Bannon

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Eamonn Bannon
Personal information
Full name Eamonn John Bannon[1]
Date of birth (1958-04-18) 18 April 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Heart of Midlothian 71 (19)
1979 Chelsea 25 (1)
1979–1988 Dundee United 290 (71)
1988–1993 Heart of Midlothian 114 (9)
1993–1994 Hibernian 1 (0)
1995–1996 Stenhousemuir 29 (1)
1997–1999 Spartans
National team
1978–1980 Scotland U21[2] 7 (1)
1978 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
1979–1986 Scotland 11 (1)
Teams managed
1996 Falkirk [3]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eamonn John Bannon (born 18 April 1958 in Edinburgh) is a former Scottish football player, who played in midfield for Hearts, Chelsea, Dundee United and Scotland.

Career[edit]

Bannon began his career with Hearts before moving to Chelsea in 1979. He was bought to replace the departing Ray Wilkins and soon found himself a first team regular. He was seen as Chelsea's playmaker by manager Danny Blanchflower. Blanchflower, however, was sacked after a poor run for the club and he was replaced by Geoff Hurst. Although initially selected by Hurst, Bannon gradually slipped down the order at Chelsea and was sold in October 1979 to Dundee United for £165,000, a then Scottish transfer record. He made his début for United against Raith Rovers in the League Cup in a 0–0 draw but scored in only his second game for the club and helped United win the Scottish League Cup, their first national trophy, in season 1979–80, repeating the feat the following season.

Bannon was again present as United narrowly lost their third consecutive Scottish League Cup final to Rangers and also lost the Scottish Cup final in the same season. The following year United won the Scottish League title for the first time, with Bannon, now the regular penalty taker, the midfield talisman. They maintained a regular top five placing in succeeding seasons. Bannon remained a key figure in a United side that went on to reach a European Cup semi-final, the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and the Scottish Cup finals of 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1988. They lost in all of these finals, and the Scottish Cup was the only domestic trophy Bannon failed to win in his career. The 1988 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic was Bannon's last match for Dundee United, as he then returned to Hearts.

At the end of his playing career he had a short spell with Hibs, where his solitary match came in an Edinburgh derby against Hearts. Bannon returned to Hearts for a spell as a coach, before a final playing spell with Stenhousemuir. Now playing as a defender, Bannon helped them win the 1995 Scottish Challenge Cup Final at McDiarmid Park, as they defeated his old club Dundee United on a penalty shootout.

Bannon went on to manage Falkirk for a few months before buying a guest house in Edinburgh, which he has run since 1997.[4] Bannon played for Spartans for a couple of years before retiring at the age of 40, although he continued to coach the side.[5] Bannon also does matchday work for the Press Association.

International[edit]

Bannon was also a Scotland international, making his international debut in 1979 and winning 11 caps for his country. His final two games for Scotland came at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico where he was a substitute in the defeat to Denmark and played a large part of their next match against West Germany. It was in this game he had an outstanding shot from the edge of the box spectacularly saved by German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher. Scotland went on to lose the match 2–1, and Bannon was not included in the squad for the final group match against Uruguay. His only international goal came in 1983 against East Germany.

His nephew, Paul Telfer, also played for Scotland.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1976–77 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier Division 13 1 5 0 - 1 0 19 1
1977–78 39 13 3 1 7 3 - 49 17
1978–79 19 5 - 2 1 - 21 6
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1978–79 Chelsea Football League First Division 25 1 - 2 0 - 27 1
1979–80 Football League Second Division
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1979–80 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 24 4 2 0 5 0 - 31 4
1980–81 34 8 7 1 11 4 3 0 55 13
1981–82 36 12 5 1 11 5 8 4 60 22
1982–83 32 10 - 5 3 6 0 43 13
1983–84 33 7 3 0 9 3 8 1 53 11
1984–85 35 10 6 3 6 2 6 1 53 16
1985–86 31 11 5 1 5 1 6 2 47 15
1986–87 39 9 4 0 4 0 11 0 58 9
1987–88 26 1 9 4 2 0 3 0 40 5
1988–89 Hearts 30 2 3 2 4 0 8 2 45 2
1989–90 33 2 3 0 3 1 - 39 3
1990–91 19 2 - 3 1 3 0 25 3
1991–92 13 2 5 0 - - 18 2
1992–93 19 1 2 0 - 3 0 24 1
1993–94 Hibernian 1 0 - - - 1 0
1995–96 Stenhousemuir Scottish Second Division 29 1 N/A N/A - 29 1
Total Scotland 500 103 62 13 77 24 64 10 703 150
Total England 25 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 27 1
Career total 525 104 62 13 79 24 64 10 730 151

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eamonn Bannon". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandu21/player.php?playerid=55
  3. ^ Falkirk FC Managers
  4. ^ Quinn, Bryan (30 January 2008). "Eammon Bannon: Ex-Hearts, Chelsea, Dundee United and Scotland". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Irvine, Neil (5 January 2001). "Scottish Cup: Cove cast an envious glance at Peterhead". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Dempster, Martin (16 June 2009). "Golf: No keeping Telfer away from Capital scene". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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