Experienced striker Bruce Bannister joined the Tigers in the 1977 close season, and was soon reunited with his ‘Smash and Grab’ strike partner Alan Warboys. The first season saw precious little smashing and even less grabbing as Bannister bagged a measly four league goals and City were relegated to Division Three. In his second season he played in every game and scored a decent 16 goals across all competitions. But he fell out of favour as the 1970s drew to a close and evacuated in the summer of 1980 to French side Union Sportive Dunkerque.
Bradford-born Bannister was a youth team player at Leeds United before moving to Bradford City at 16. He made his Bantams debut at 18 and in six seasons he played in over 200 games and scored a reasonable number of goals. In 1971 he moved to Bristol Rovers where his partnership with Warboys blossomed, and scored at a rate of a goal every two and a half games. A half season at Plymouth preceeded Bannister’s move to Hull.
In the mid 1980s Bannister founded a mail order sportswear business that eventually morphed into an early adopter of internet sales, the highly successful sportsshoes.com. He still owns this family run business alongside his son Brett, based in his native Bradford.
Date/Place of Birth: 14 April 1947, Bradford
Hull City First Game: 6 August 1977, Notts County A (Anglo Scottish Cup), 30 years, 114 days old
Hull City Final Game: 22 April 1980, Barnsley A (Division Three), 33 years, 8 days old
Bradford City (1963-1971), Bristol Rovers (1971-1976), Plymouth Argyle (1976-1977), Hull City (1977-1980), USL Dunkerque (1980)
Hull City Record
Career: 101 apps, 24 goalsBruce Bannister
|1977/78||26 (2)||4||0 (1)||0||4 (0)||3||-||-||3 (0)||0|
|1978/79||43 (3)||15||2 (0)||0||3 (0)||1||-||-||-||-|
|1979/80||10 (1)||1||1 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|