John Banks (footballer)

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John Banks
Personal information
Full name John Banks[1]
Date of birth (1875-06-14)14 June 1875
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Date of death January 1947 (aged 71)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Oldbury Broadwell
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1893–1901 West Bromwich Albion 119 (5)
1901–1903 Manchester United 40 (0)
1903–1906 Plymouth Argyle 75 (4)
Leyton ? (?)
Exeter City ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Banks (14 June 1875 – January 1947) was an English footballer who played as a wing half for West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Plymouth Argyle, Leyton and Exeter City. He made 159 appearances in the Football League.[1] Commonly known as Johnny and Jack, the 1904–05 Plymouth Argyle handbook describes Banks as being "splendid in defence and rarely beaten".

Life and career[edit]

Born in West Bromwich, Banks could also play as an outside forward when required.[1] He began his career as an amateur with Oldbury Broadwell before joining the Football League club West Bromwich Albion on professional terms in 1893. He made 119 league appearances during his time with the club and scored five goals. Banks was transferred to Manchester United in 1901 and spent two years at Old Trafford, where he appeared in 40 league matches.[1] In 1903, he signed for Plymouth Argyle of the Southern League.[1][2] The Argyle handbook of 1904–05 describes him as being "splendid in defence and rarely beaten".[2] After three years with the club, during which time he scored five goals in 82 league and cup games,[2][3] Banks was released in 1906. He went on to play for Leyton and Exeter City.[1][2] He died in January 1947.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 16. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Johnny Banks". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 202–207. ISBN 0-907969-40-2. 

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