Keith Bannister

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Keith Bannister
Personal information
Full name Keith Bannister
Date of birth (1930-11-13) 13 November 1930 (age 84)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1948–1950 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1950 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1950–1954 Birmingham City 22 (0)
1954–1955 King's Lynn
1955 Wrexham 14 (0)
1955–1956 Chesterfield 21 (1)
1956–1957 Norwich City 7 (0)
1957–1958 Peterborough United 1 (0)
1958–195? King's Lynn
195?–1959 Worksop Town
1959–196? Matlock Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Keith Bannister (born 13 November 1930) is an English former professional footballer who played 64 games in the Football League representing Birmingham City, Wrexham, Chesterfield and Norwich City.[1] He played as a wing half.

Life and career[edit]

Bannister was born in Sheffield. He was capped at youth level by England, played as a junior with Sheffield United and turned professional in 1948,[2] but never played for the club in the Football League.[1] He joined Birmingham City in August 1950, but National Service obligations delayed his debut until 29 November 1952, when he deputised for club captain Len Boyd in a home game against Nottingham Forest which Birmingham lost 5–0.[2][3] He had a run of games in the second half of the season replacing the injured Roy Warhurst, and a few more at the start of the 1953–54 season, but was unable to dislodge either player from the starting eleven.[3]

In August 1954 Bannister left for King's Lynn of the Midland League.[2] After one season he returned to the Football League with Wrexham, six months later moved to Chesterfield, and after a further six months signed for Norwich City, but he was unable to establish himself as a first-team player. In the 1957 close season he dropped back into non-league football with Peterborough United, for whom he played one Midland League and one FA Cup match,[4] and went on to play for King's Lynn,[2] Worksop Town, and Matlock Town. In the 1959–60 season, Bannister, by now playing as a centre-half, captained Matlock through four rounds of qualifying to reach the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history,[5][6] and contributed to their championship of the Central Alliance League, Division One North.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Keith Bannister". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, p. 188.
  4. ^ "Keith Bannister Matches For Peterborough". Up The Posh. Chris Wilkinson. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pen Pictures And Player Profiles – Matlock Town 1959/60". Down Causeway Lane. Matlock Town F.C. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Matlock Town". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Crook Town and that 1959/60 season". Down Causeway Lane. Matlock Town F.C. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008.