Steve Banks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Steve Banks
Personal information
Full name Steven Banks
Date of birth (1972-02-09) 9 February 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Hillingdon, London, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
St Johnstone
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 West Ham United 0 (0)
1993–1995 Gillingham 67 (0)
1995–1999 Blackpool 153 (0)
1999–2003 Bolton Wanderers 20 (0)
2001–2002 Rochdale (loan) 15 (0)
2002 Bradford City (loan) 9 (0)
2002–2003 Stoke City (loan) 10 (0)
2003 Stoke City 4 (0)
2003–2004 Wimbledon 24 (0)
2004–2005 Gillingham 39 (0)
2005–2009 Heart of Midlothian 36 (0)
2009–2013 Dundee United 1 (0)
2013– St Johnstone 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven "Steve" Banks (born 9 February 1972) is an English footballer playing as goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone. He is also the club's goalkeeping coach.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hillingdon, London, Banks began his career as a trainee with West Ham United. He made just one first team appearance, in the Anglo-Italian Cup, for West Ham, before joining Gillingham on a free transfer in March 1993.

Banks was a regular for the remainder of the season and his form the following season led to a £60,000 move to Blackpool in August 1995. He spent four years with the Seasiders, making more than 150 league appearances for the club. In March 1999, Banks moved to Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £50,000. Although a regular at the start of his time with Bolton he soon lost his place and had loan spells with Rochdale (December 2001 to May 2002)[1] and Bradford City (August to November 2002)[2] before joining Stoke City on loan in December 2002 which he played ten times in his loan spell

Banks joined Stoke on a free transfer in February 2003.[3] However, he played just four times after his free transfer and was released at the end of the season.

Banks joined Wimbledon in August 2003 and was a regular in their struggling Championship side until returning to Gillingham on a free transfer in March 2004.[4] During his second run with Gillingham he appeared in the film Green Street.

In August 2005, Banks joined Heart of Midlothian on a free transfer as back-up for regular goalkeeper Craig Gordon.[5] He made his Hearts debut as a substitute in the 2–2 draw against Falkirk on 2 October 2005, after Craig Gordon's sending off. Two weeks later, Banks played in a 1–1 draw with Celtic at Celtic Park in which he made a number of saves to maintain the Jambos' unbeaten start to the season.[6] He made another rare start against Dundee United on 23 December 2006 and kept a clean sheet as Hearts won by a single goal at Tannadice. Banks repeated the feat on 10 February 2007, in a 1–0 win against Caley Thistle at Tynecastle.[7] Earlier in the day, Banks, who had recently become first-choice ahead of unsettled Gordon, signed a contract that will keep him at Hearts until the end of the 2007–08 season.[8] Gordon returned to the starting line-up on 17 February in Hearts' 1–1 draw with St. Mirren.[9] Banks was forced to take control of the Jambos during a 1–0 defeat to Kilmarknock on 27 October 2007, when Stephen Frail was sent from the touchline.

On 16 August 2008, Banks was omitted from the Hearts squad to face Rangers at Ibrox, with Jamie MacDonald selected to start and recent signing Marian Kello on the bench. Hearts lost the game 2–0 and afterwards owner Vladimir Romanov told the Hearts players that Banks "could no longer be trusted" comparing him to former captain Steven Pressley and fellow defender Andy Webster, who both left Tynecastle under controversial circumstances.[10][11] A statement on the club's official website stated that Banks was no longer available to play for the first-team and he was no longer first-team goalkeeping coach but he would take a similar coaching role with the youth team.[12]

Hearts announced on 1 June 2009 that Banks had severed all ties with the club and he signed for Dundee United the next day. He replaced Craig Gordon, who played with Hearts for 7 years before transferring to the Premier League.[13][14]

On 8 July 2013 Banks signed for St Johnstone in a one-year deal.[15] In May 2014 he signed a one-year extension.[16]

Honours[edit]

Hearts

Dundee United

St. Johnstone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rochdale keep Banks. BBC News (18 February 2002).
  2. ^ Banks joins Bradford. BBC News (30 August 2002).
  3. ^ Stoke complete double signing. BBC News (17 February 2003).
  4. ^ Gills sign Dons keeper. BBC News (11 March 2004).
  5. ^ Hearts add Gills' keeper to squad. BBC News (9 August 2005).
  6. ^ Celtic 1–1 Hearts. BBC News (15 October 2005).
  7. ^ Hearts 1–0 Inverness CT. BBC News (10 February 2007).
  8. ^ Banks seals new deal with Hearts. BBC News (10 February 2007).
  9. ^ Hearts 1–1 St. Mirren – BBC Sport. BBC News (17 February 2007).
  10. ^ Banks just like Elvis and Webster, says Hearts chief Vlad "Edinburgh Evening News", 18 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008
  11. ^ Steve can't bank on a star turn, The Scotsman (27 May 2014)
  12. ^ Banks set for coach only role "Heartsfc.co.uk", 16 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008
  13. ^ Phil Gordon (28 January 2007). "Rangers 0 Hearts 0: Banks lives up to Gordon's fine tradition". The Independent. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Poor Hearts in debt to Banks". Scotman.com. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "St Johnstone sign keeper Steve Banks & defender Brian Easton". bbc.co.uk. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Stevie Banks agrees a new deal with St Johnstone" - The Courier, 22 May 2014

External links[edit]