Angela Banks

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Angela Banks
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-12-23) 23 December 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Whitehawk Ladies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Jitex BK
1998–1999 Whitehawk Ladies
1999–2003 Arsenal
2004–2005 Arsenal
2005–2006 Whitehawk Ladies
National team
1999–2002 England 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:58, 12 August 2009 (UTC).

Angela Banks (born 23 December 1975) is a former English female footballer. She represented England at full international level and played at the top club level for Arsenal Ladies.

Club career[edit]

Banks joined Whitehawk Ladies aged 11,[1] but moved to Sweden aged 16. She spent four years playing for Surahammar, then signed for Jitex BK.[2] Despite becoming engaged to a Swedish man, Banks left Sweden to be nearer to her parents, who are deaf.[2]

In 1998 Banks returned to Whitehawk and finished top goalscorer in the 1998-99 FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.[3] She then signed for Arsenal in summer 1999, being employed by the club as a football development officer.

Banks scored 42 goals in 2000-01 as Arsenal won the treble,[4] including the winner in the FA Women's Cup final against professional Fulham.[5] This total also included scoring five goals against Liverpool in December 2000.[6]

In March 2002 Fulham entered a seven-day notice of their intent to sign Banks, much to the fury of Arsenal manager Vic Akers.[7] However Banks pledged her future to Arsenal when they announced a switch to semi-professionalism in May 2002.[8] Banks retired at the end of 2002-03, but returned to Arsenal for 2004-05,[9] helping the club remain undefeated and win another league title.[10]

In 2005 Banks returned to Whitehawk, and joined the coaching staff at the club a year later - alongside Debbie Bampton.[11]

International career[edit]

While playing in Sweden, Banks was encouraged by her club coach to take dual-nationality and play for the Sweden women's national football team. She rejected the opportunity.[2]

In May 1999 Banks made her international debut for England against Italy. Two years later she scored her second international goal, a game-winning twenty yard chip against Scotland.[12] Banks' first goal came in only her second start, a 2-1 friendly win over Finland in September 2000.[13]

Banks also scored against Russia in a 1-1 draw at UEFA Women's Euro 2001.[14] In March 2002 Banks captained England for the first time, scoring in a 3-1 loss to Norway at the Algarve Cup.[15]

Due in part to a fear of flying, Banks quit international football in July 2002.[16]


  1. ^ Emma Dennis-Edwards, Carmen Kalnars and Danyel Edwards (2002). "Bending it like Beckham – for no pay". Headliners. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Pete Lansley (26 June 2001). "Banks sensitive to wider picture". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  3. ^ "F.A. WOMEN'S FOOTBALL AWARDS SPONSORED BY AXA 1998/1999". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  4. ^ Pete Lansley (25 June 2001). "Women's football is an expanding game with the same old enemy". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  5. ^ Sue Thearle (6 June 2001). "Banks wins top goalscorer award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  6. ^ Tony Leighton (3 December 2000). "Banks hits five in Arsenal win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  7. ^ Tony Leighton (31 March 2002). "Arsenal anger at Fulham bid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  8. ^ Tony Leighton (15 May 2002). "Banks stays with semi-pro Gunners". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  9. ^ Tony Leighton (22 August 2004). "Banks rescues Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  10. ^ Tony Leighton (8 May 2005). "Champions Arsenal end on a high". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Women wanted at Whitehawk". 20 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  12. ^ Tony Leighton (27 May 2001). "Banks sees off Scots". BBC. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  13. ^ Tony Leighton (28 September 2000). "Banks on target for England". BBC. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  14. ^ "Honours even between England and Russia". 24 June 2001. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  15. ^ Tony Leighton (2 March 2002). "Wales stun Portugal". BBC. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  16. ^ Tony Leighton (4 July 2002). "England's Banks calls time". BBC. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 

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