Nottingham Forest

Gary Bannister - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his Forest career.

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Date: 09 January 1993

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      Friday, 22 July 1960
      Warrington, England.
  • Nottingham Forest
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 22nd August 1992 as a sub in a 5-3 defeat at Oldham Athletic (scored twice) (Aged: 32)
    • Club Career
      27 League apps (+4 as sub), 8 goals
  • Queens Park Rangers
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th August 1984 in a 3-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
      136 League apps, 56 goals
  • Sheffield Wednesday
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 29th August 1981 in 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers (Aged: 21)
    • Club Career
      117 League apps (+1 as sub), 55 goals
  • West Bromwich Albion
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      72 League games 18 goals.
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      26th. August 1978 in a 4-1 win at home to Norwich City (sub).
    • Club Career
      56 League appearances (+9 as sub), 14 goals (2 spells).
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Gary BANNISTER - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his Forest career.


With the sudden £2,100,000 departure of Teddy Sheringham to Tottenham Hotspur early in the 1992-93 season, Brian Clough turned to the much travelled striker Gary Bannister to partner his son Nigel in the Forest attack. Bannister had been a regular goalscorer during his career but, at 32, Forest fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was merely a short-term solution. Bannister's scoring record in his early days, whilst at Sheffield Wednesday and Queen's Park Rangers, was impressive enough but he was going nowhere at West Bromwich Albion when Clough stepped in to take him to the City Ground.


Things started well enough with a brace of goals on his Forest debut, albeit in a 5-3 defeat at Oldham Athletic, after coming on for the soon to be departed Sheringham. That loss was part of a run of seven straight defeats and it was not until his tenth League game in a Forest shirt that Gary enjoyed the sweet taste of victory. It is never easy for a new player to come into a struggling team but, to his credit, Bannister battled away and added to his goal tally with strikes against Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday in consecutive games in September. As the season wore on the Forest faithful were understandably becoming more and more restless at the lack of a big-money striker arrival. That was not Bannister's fault, however, and he continued to give his all for the club during the remainder of the campaign, finishing with eight goals from his 31 League appearances.


The arrival of new manager Frank Clark in the summer saw many changes at the City Ground and the Warrington-born striker was soon on his way to the Potteries to join Stoke City. (David Scranage)


1978–1981    Coventry City    22    (3)
1980             Detroit Express (loan)    22    (10)
1981–1984    Sheffield Wednesday    118    (55)
1984–1988    Queens Park Rangers    136    (56)
1988–1990    Coventry City    43    (11)
1990–1992    West Bromwich Albion    72    (18)
1992             Oxford United (loan)    10    (2)
1992–1993    Nottingham Forest    31    (8)
1993               Stoke City    15    (2)
1993–1994    Hong Kong Rangers        
1994–1995    Lincoln City    29    (7)
1995–1996    Darlington    41    (10)


After retiring he moved to St Ives, Cornwall becoming involved in hotel maintenance and property development. He played for and coached Porthleven in the South Western Football League for several seasons. After about ten years in Cornwall, Bannister and family returned to the Midlands and a job in hotel maintenance in Birmingham.