Bruce Bannister

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Bruce Bannister
Personal information
Full name Bruce Ian Bannister
Date of birth (1947-04-14) 14 April 1947 (age 70)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Leeds United
1963–1965 Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1971 Bradford City 208 (60)
1971–1976 Bristol Rovers 206 (80)
1976–1977 Plymouth Argyle 24 (7)
1977–1980 Hull City 85 (20)
1980–1982 USL Dunkerque (–)
Total 523 (167)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bruce Ian Bannister (born 14 April 1947) is a retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

He played in the Football League for Bradford City,[1] Bristol Rovers,[1] Plymouth Argyle,[2] and Hull City before finishing his playing career in France with USL Dunkerque.[1] While at Bristol Rovers, Bannister and teammate Alan Warboys perfected the 'Smash and Grab' method of football.[3] Following his retirement from football in 1982, Bannister founded a successful sports clothing shop, based in Bradford.


  1. ^ a b c "Bruce Bannister". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Bannister". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Honeyball, Lee (5 March 2006). "Smash and Grab". The Observer. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 

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