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Real Name: Kenneth Banks
Normal Position: Left Half
Height: 5' 9 1/2
Weight: 10 st. 12 lbs
Born: 19/10/1923 (Pemberton, Wigan)
Died: 09/08/1994 (Abergele, Clwyd)

Kenny Banks

He was to have signed for Bolton Wanderers but a mistake over his address caused him to miss the date of the trial that he was offered. He never looked back after Southport gave him a trial against Liverpool at inside-left in a Wartime League match. He developed into a wing-half, tenacious in the tackle and a non-stop worker throughout every 90 minutes. He was a modest man of few words who was always ready to augment the attack as a sixth forward. He had the rare distinction of sharing a goal with Alan Ball against Barrow in 1948 when both players kicked the ball simultaneously into the net. Characteristically the unassuming Banks waived his claim to the goal and it stands credited to Ball. An ideal clubman he was granted a benefit against Bolton Wanderers in 1950. He only went full-time between 1950-52 after concluding his apprenticeship as a fitter and in 1951-52 he came back to play 26 Football League games after the 2 previous years were spent almost entirely in the Reserves. He gave Wigan Athletic splendid service making 183 Lancashire Combination appearances. He was associated with the latics as a trainer for more than 20 years, only leaving his home town to live near his daughter in Colwyn Bay when ill-health overtook him.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9

Career: Wigan Boys Club; Southport, amr 19 Aug. 1943, pro 18 Aug. 1945; Wigan Athletic, cs. 1952-58; Wigan Rovers, 1959-60

Liverpool Echo – Wednesday 26 September 1951
With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1945/1946 200
1946/1947 4003
1947/1948 1700
1948/1949 000
1949/1950 800
1950/1951 500
1951/1952 2601
Total 98 0 4


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
29/04/1952 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 2
16/04/1952 Liverpool Senior Cup / RA LIVERPOOL 1 - 4
14/04/1952 LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 0 - 4
12/04/1952 LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 1
23/02/1952 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 2
16/02/1952 LeagueH BARROW 2 - 2
09/02/1952 LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 5 - 1
02/02/1952 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 2 - 0
19/01/1952 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 3
16/01/1952 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 1 - 3
29/12/1951 LeagueA GATESHEAD 0 - 3
26/12/1951 LeagueA WORKINGTON 1 - 6
10/11/1951 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 3 - 2
03/11/1951 LeagueA BRADFORD PA 2 - 2
27/10/1951 LeagueH CHESTERFIELD 4 - 1
20/10/1951 LeagueA WREXHAM 0 - 3
13/10/1951 LeagueH GRIMSBY TOWN 2 - 0
06/10/1951 LeagueA BARROW 0 - 0
29/09/1951 LeagueA SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1 - 1
22/09/1951 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
15/09/1951 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 1
11/09/1951 LeagueH YORK CITY 2 - 1
08/09/1951 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 1
03/09/1951 LeagueA YORK CITY 2 - 0
01/09/1951 LeagueH GATESHEAD 0 - 2
28/08/1951 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 1
25/08/1951 LeagueA DARLINGTON 1 - 1
05/05/1951 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
30/04/1951 LeagueA GATESHEAD 3 - 1
23/04/1951 Liverpool Senior CupA LIVERPOOL 0 - 1
21/04/1951 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 3 - 0
17/04/1951 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
13/01/1951 LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 4
29/04/1950 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 2
22/04/1950 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 4
01/04/1950 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
25/03/1950 LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 2
04/03/1950 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
14/01/1950 LeagueH GATESHEAD 0 - 3
17/09/1949 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 2 - 1
12/09/1949 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 0
16/03/1949 Liverpool Senior CupA NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1
31/01/1948 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 0
20/12/1947 LeagueA BARROW 0 - 2
13/12/1947 LeagueH GATESHEAD 2 - 1
06/12/1947 FA Cup / 1RH HULL CITY 2 - 3
29/11/1947 FA Cup / 1A HULL CITY 1 - 1
22/11/1947 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 0 - 4
15/11/1947 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 4
28/10/1947 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2H ROCHDALE 1 - 0
25/10/1947 LeagueH YORK CITY 2 - 1
18/10/1947 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 1
11/10/1947 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 4
04/10/1947 LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 4 - 0
27/09/1947 LeagueA ROCHDALE 1 - 2
24/09/1947 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1H BARROW 4 - 1
20/09/1947 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 0
15/09/1947 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 - 0
13/09/1947 LeagueA WREXHAM 0 - 2
08/09/1947 LeagueH DARLINGTON 2 - 0
06/09/1947 LeagueH BARROW 1 - 2
17/05/1947 LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 2 - 4
10/05/1947 LeagueA DONCASTER ROVERS 0 - 2
03/05/1947 LeagueA BARROW 1 - 2
26/04/1947 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 1
19/04/1947 LeagueH DONCASTER ROVERS 0 - 5
12/04/1947 LeagueH ROCHDALE 0 - 2
07/04/1947 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 - 2
05/04/1947 LeagueA NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1
04/04/1947 LeagueH ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 - 0
29/03/1947 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 6 - 1
22/03/1947 LeagueA CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 1
15/03/1947 LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 1
01/03/1947 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 0 - 1
22/02/1947 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 - 2
15/02/1947 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 4 - 1
01/02/1947 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
25/01/1947 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 0 - 3
18/01/1947 LeagueH GATESHEAD 2 - 1
11/01/1947 LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 0
04/01/1947 LeagueA HULL CITY 0 - 4
01/01/1947 LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 2
28/12/1946 LeagueH DARLINGTON 2 - 2
26/12/1946 LeagueA YORK CITY 1 - 1
07/12/1946 LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 0
30/11/1946 FA Cup / 1A STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 2
23/11/1946 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
16/11/1946 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 0 - 2
09/11/1946 LeagueA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 1
02/11/1946 LeagueH BARROW 2 - 2
26/10/1946 LeagueA BRADFORD CITY 1 - 5
19/10/1946 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 - 4
15/10/1946 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 2LA BURY 0 - 3
12/10/1946 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 2
05/10/1946 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 3
25/09/1946 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 2
21/09/1946 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 3 - 3
14/09/1946 LeagueA GATESHEAD 2 - 2
10/09/1946 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 4
07/09/1946 LeagueH HULL CITY 3 - 1
03/09/1946 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
31/08/1946 LeagueA DARLINGTON 2 - 4
22/04/1946 Football League War Cup / SF 2LH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 4
06/04/1946 Football League War Cup / 2 2LA HARTLEPOOL 2 - 1
30/03/1946 Football League War Cup / 1 2LH DARLINGTON 3 - 1
02/03/1946 Football League War CupH BARROW 4 - 2
16/02/1946 Football League War CupH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 0
02/02/1946 Football League War CupA WREXHAM 1 - 1
26/01/1946 Football League War CupH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 1
19/01/1946 Football League War CupH CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 1
12/01/1946 Football League War CupA ROCHDALE 3 - 1
05/01/1946 FriendlyA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 3
01/01/1946 War-Time: LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 3
26/12/1945 War-Time: LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 1
25/12/1945 War-Time: LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 1
22/12/1945 War-Time: LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 4
15/12/1945 War-Time: LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 1
01/12/1945 War-Time: LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 - 0
24/11/1945 FA Cup / 1A OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 3
17/11/1945 FA Cup / 1H OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 2
10/11/1945 War-Time: LeagueH WREXHAM 2 - 2
13/10/1945 War-Time: LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 5
06/10/1945 War-Time: LeagueH ROCHDALE 1 - 2
29/09/1945 War-Time: LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 3
22/09/1945 War-Time: LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 7
19/09/1945 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 2LA MANCHESTER CITY 0 - 5
15/09/1945 War-Time: LeagueA BARROW 3 - 3
08/09/1945 War-Time: LeagueH BARROW 2 - 1
05/09/1945 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 1LH MANCHESTER CITY 3 - 2
01/09/1945 War-Time: LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 3 - 5
25/08/1945 War-Time: LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 3 - 4
12/05/1945 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionH WREXHAM 1 - 5
05/05/1945 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionA WREXHAM 0 - 2
28/04/1945 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2 2LA EVERTON 1 - 1
21/04/1945 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2 1LH EVERTON 0 - 5
14/04/1945 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionA CHESTER (1885) 3 - 5
30/12/1944 Football League War CupA LIVERPOOL 1 - 12
25/12/1944 Football League War CupH LIVERPOOL 1 - 4
16/12/1944 War-Time: LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 2
25/03/1944 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionH BURY 4 - 2
18/03/1944 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionA BURY 1 - 3
11/03/1944 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionH TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 3
04/03/1944 War-Time: Supplementary CompetitionA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 4
11/12/1943 War-Time: LeagueH BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 - 1
04/12/1943 War-Time: LeagueA BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 - 3
27/11/1943 War-Time: LeagueH LIVERPOOL 1 - 3
25/09/1943 War-Time: LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 5 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
03/09/1951LeagueA YORK CITY 2 - 0
17/05/1947LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 2 - 4
01/02/1947LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
03/09/1946LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
02/03/1946Football League War CupH BARROW 4 - 2
16/02/1946Football League War CupH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 0
05/09/1945Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 1LH MANCHESTER CITY 3 - 2
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