Nicky Banger

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Nicky Banger
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Lee Banger[1]
Date of birth (1971-02-25) 25 February 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1987–1989 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Southampton 55 (8)
1994–1997 Oldham Athletic 64 (10)
1997–1999 Oxford United 63 (8)
1999–2001 Dundee 6 (0)
2000 Scunthorpe United (loan) 1 (0)
2001 Plymouth Argyle 10 (2)
2002 Merthyr Tydfil[2] 2 (0)
2002 Torquay United[2] 1 (0)
2002 Merthyr Tydfil[2] 2 (0)
2002 Andover[3] 1 (0)
2002–2003 Woking 20 (4)
2003–2005 Eastleigh[4][5] 40 (11)
2005 Newbury
2005 Brockenhurst
2005–2006 Lymington & New Milton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nicholas Lee Banger (born 25 February 1971) is a retired English professional footballer. He was head of commercial operations with Woking F.C. until May 2016.[6]

Playing career[edit]

Banger was born in Southampton and started his football career as a trainee with Southampton, turning professional in April 1989. He scored a hat-trick on his first team debut for the Saints, in a League Cup tie against Rochdale in 1990.[7]

He moved to Oldham Athletic for a fee of £250,000 in October 1994 and remained at Boundary Park for almost three years, moving to Oxford United on a free transfer in August 1997.

Banger then moved to Dundee, again on a free transfer in October 1999, but was transfer listed by manager Ivano Bonetti in July 2000.[8] He returned to England with a loan spell at Scunthorpe United in November 2000,[9] finally leaving Dundee in August 2001 when he joined Plymouth Argyle on a short-term contract. He scored on his Plymouth debut, in a 3–1 win at home to Swansea City.[10] However, he struggled with injuries and left Home Park in November the same year.

After time out with a back injury, he joined Torquay United on trial in January 2002,[11] but left requiring further treatment. In February 2002 he joined Leroy Rosenior’s Merthyr Tydfil, before finally signing for Torquay a month later,[12] making his Gulls debut in 0–0 draw with Mansfield Town. This was his only appearance for Torquay as he asked to be released from his contract just a few days later due to his lack of fitness. After leaving the Gulls, he briefly joined non-league Andover, playing in the final game of the season as Andover drew 1–1 away to Fleet Town to clinch the Wessex League title and promotion to the Southern League.[3]

Banger joined Woking in August 2002,[13] moving to Eastleigh in February 2003[14] and again scoring on his club debut. In April 2004 he was appointed as full-time corporate manager and coach at Eastleigh,[15] continuing as a player until his retirement in February 2005. He quit his coaching role at Eastleigh, although remained corporate manager until late February 2006, when he resigned after falling out with the team manager,[16] in August 2005 when he joined AFC Newbury as a player.[17]

In November 2005 Banger joined Brockenhurst as player-coach,[18] but left the same month to take a similar role with Lymington & New Milton.[19] He resigned from his post in June 2006, claiming that he felt restricted in a head coach role and wanted a managerial post.[20]

Later career[edit]

In December 2006, Banger was appointed as commercial manager at Romsey Town,[21] but was sacked after just seventeen days in the post, amid rumours that he was announcing himself as the future team manager while allegedly tapping up players in readiness for next season.[22] However, he was not out of work for long and on 19 February 2007 he began work as the new corporate sales manager with Havant & Waterlooville.[23]

In 2008 he joined Aldershot Town as Corporate Sales Manager as they prepared for promotion to the Football League.[24]


  1. ^ Barry J. Hugman. The PFA Premier and Football League Players' Records 1946–1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "Player Details: Season 2001–02". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Champions Again". Andover Advertiser. 2 May 2002. Retrieved 6 January 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Player Details: Season 2003–04". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Player Details: Season 2004–05". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Youlton, Clive (3 May 2016). "Woking FC commercial manager Nicky Banger departs". Get Surrey. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mark Dennis and Nicky Banger". Southampton F.C. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Dundee transfer list two more
  9. ^ Iron keen to keep Banger
  10. ^ "Plymouth 3–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  11. ^ Banger back in action
  12. ^ Banger quits Merthyr after just 3 games[dead link]
  13. ^ Three new Cards[dead link]
  14. ^ Another ex-Saint heading to Eastleigh[dead link]
  15. ^ Banger gets full-time Eastleigh post[dead link]
  16. ^ Banger to sever links with Eastleigh[dead link]
  17. ^ Banger quits Eastleigh for AFC Newbury[dead link]
  18. ^ Brock want Nicky to stay[dead link]
  19. ^ Banger does go – Saunders in as a replacement[dead link]
  20. ^ Banger's off[dead link]
  21. ^ Banger joins backroom staff at ambitious Romsey[dead link]
  22. ^ Banger sacked after 17 days[dead link]
  23. ^ Banger's back in business[dead link]
  24. ^ "Message from the Chairman". Aldershot Town F.C. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. [dead link]

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