Tommy Banks (footballer)

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Tommy Banks
Personal information
Full name Thomas Banks
Date of birth (1929-11-10) 10 November 1929 (age 89)
Place of birth Farnworth, Lancashire, England
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1961 Bolton Wanderers 233 (2)
1961–1963 Altrincham 61 (1)
1963–1967 Bangor City
National team
1958 England 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Banks (born 10 November 1929 at Farnworth, Lancashire) is an English retired footballer.

He played for Bolton Wanderers from 1947 to 1961,[1] and six matches for the England national football team in 1958, including all four matches in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He got his opportunity in the England team because of the death of incumbent left-back Roger Byrne in the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958. Despite strong performances in the World Cup, he made only a single appearance for England after the tournament, as he was hampered by a persistent hamstring injury which ultimately curtailed his career. As recounted in Declan Hill's book "The Fix", Banks also had a small but influential role in the fight to acquire better pay and conditions for football players in the 1961 labour dispute with the Football League. He also played non-league football for Altrincham.


  1. ^ "Tommy Banks". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 2010-03-16.