Jimmy Banks was a key member of our 1921 FA Cup winning side that eclipsed Wolves at Stamford Bridge as we lifted the trophy for a second time.
Banks was lively in that game when he and fellow winger – match winner Jimmy Dimmock – used the rain-soaked conditions to great advantage as they left saturated defenders skidding, slipping and sliding in their wake.
That would prove the highlight of his time at Spurs which lasted between 1913-24 and when he deserved more than the 77 senior games he played for us. During that time he came under pressure for his place from the likes of Billy Minter and Jimmy Seed and when he did establish a first team place, the First World War broke out and he was called up!
Born in Wigan on April 28, 1893, Banks started out in local football where he was spotted by our scouting dragnet and brought to White Hart Lane in December, 1913. It wasn’t a great time at Tottenham as we flirted with relegation from Division One that season and then went down at the end of the following campaign.
He made his debut in February, 1914, in a 2-1 home win over Manchester United but then switched from his specialised inside-forward role to a wider outside-right patrol with much success as his direct wing play provided the ammunition for our central attackers.
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