26 Craig Bannister


The hardest-working goalmachine in grassroots football, ‘Banner’ joined Sporting Khalsa in September 2014 and immediately set about rattling in the goals that made him the club’s top scorer as they achieved the league and cup double.

Having recovered from a double leg break while playing for Rushall, Banner has set about rebuilding his career in real style at Khalsa and in his two seasons with the club has finished as top scorer. His eleven goals in the FA Cup during the 2015-16 campaign meant he was the top scorer in the whole competition.

After a short return to Rushall during the 2016-17 season, Banner returned to Khalsa at the end of the campaign and returned to full-time action with the club for the 2017-18 season playing a key part in the club’s fifth placed finish before announcing his retirement from Saturday football during the summer of 2018.

Before joining Khalsa, Banner was an enthusiastic amateur dramatics performer which landed him the role of the dancer in the opening sequences to ‘Tales of the Unexpected’. According to someone on the message board of a rival club, Craig’s dad is former Coventry City and West Brom striker Gary Bannister, a claim that some people (including Khalsa’s media man) actually believed.

First team squad