About Tommy Banks

Tommy Banks has spent all his life living in Farnworth, a suburb of Bolton, Lancashire. One of seven children Tommy endured tough times growing up into a young man taking part time jobs from 12 years old.

He signed for Bolton Wanderers, his only professional football league club,  in 1946 playing until 1961. He won the FA Cup with them in 1958 and was capped 6 times  for the England national football team also in 1958, including all four matches in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Tommy was a formidable granite like foe,he was the master of the sliding tackle.His timing was so good that he took the ball & many an opposing winger who obtained 'gravel rash', by deposited them down the steep three foot banking onto the rough gravel track that surrounded the pitch at Bunden Park.

Tommy also had an influential role in the fight to acquire better pay and conditions for football players in the 1961 labour dispute with the Football League. 

A natural charismatic leader both on & off the field he always led from the front with his football talent or challenging words,spoken from the heart.
Tommy, a non stop grafter has always been his own man, family orientated, 'tha noes' he'll always speak his mind in his strong 'Farn'urth accent no matter the company he's keeping

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