Eamonn BANNON

Eamonn Bannon - Chelsea FC - Biography of his brief football career at Chelsea.

Photo/Foto: Tony Edenden

Date: 03 March 1979

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 18 April 1958
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Scotland
  • CLUBS
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1979
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 3rd February 1979 in a 2-1 win at home to Birmingham City (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      25 League apps, 1 goal
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Eamonn BANNON - Chelsea FC - Biography of his brief football career at Chelsea.

 

 When 20 year-old Scottish midfielder Eamonn Bannon made a winning start to his Chelsea career at the beginning of February 1979, he could have been forgiven for thinking the club he had just joined for £200, 000 from Heart of Midlothian were going places. By the time he tasted the winning feeling again, nearly three months later, he was fully aware that the place they were heading for was Division Two. Signed by manager Danny Blanchflower, perhaps with one eye on the imminent departure of Ray Wilkins, Bannon was a player very much in the Wilkins mould, comfortable when the ball was at his feet and with a quick mind and outstanding passing ability. The Chelsea following, having seen their young midfielders regularly overwhelmed throughout the campaign, quickly took him to their hearts and there seemed no reason why he shouldn't have a long career at Stamford Bridge ahead of him. Eamonn scored his first and only competitive goal for The Blues at Bolton in just his third game but, as with most goals that season, it came in a losing cause.

 

He was one of the few players to emerge with credit from a season in which the frailties and inadequacies of the youngsters in the team were fully exposed and he was even forgiven by the supporters for an embarrassing miss against Derby at Stamford Bridge when he waltzed through the defence and past the keeper only to mis-hit the ball with the goal at his mercy. Wilkins' departure that summer appeared to open the way for Bannon to cement his place as the playmaker at the heart of Chelsea's midfield and he was a regular in the team as The Blues made a strong start to the 1979/80 campaign, but two consecutive league defeats and an early exit from the League Cup at the hands of Plymouth Argyle saw Blanchflower sacked. His replacement Geoff Hurst selected Bannon for his first game in charge but Chelsea lost 3-0 at Shrewsbury and the stylish young Scot was subsequently sacrificed to make way for the return of the pragmatic Ron Harris in a midfield holding role

 

. After a goalscoring display in a prestige friendly against Johan Cruyff's Los Angeles Aztecs side, Eamonn was recalled for the clash with Fulham at the end of October but, on the back of a run of five consecutive league victories, The Blues were beaten 2-0 by the Cottagers and Hurst decided to dispense with Bannon. Just days after the Fulham defeat he returned to Scotland where he embarked on a long and successful career with Dundee United, the 'Terrors' paying what would turn out to be a bargain £165, 000 for his services. (Kelvin Barker)

 

 

1976–1979    Heart of Midlothian    71    (19)

1979             Chelsea    25    (1)
1979–1988    Dundee United    290    (71)
1988–1993    Heart of Midlothian    114    (9)
1993–1994    Hibernian    1    (0)
1995–1996    Stenhousemuir    29    (1)