Eamonn Bannon - Player Profile


Full Name:Eamonn John Bannon
Born:April 18th, 1958 (Edinburgh)
Height:5' 9
Position:Midfielder / Forward
Signed:October 30th, 1979 (£165,000)
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:July 7th, 1988
Career Stats: 440 appearances, 108 goals
Full Debut: October 31st, 1979 - Dundee United 0 - 0 Raith Rovers (League Cup - Quarter Final 1st Leg)
First Goal: November 3rd, 1979 - Aberdeen 0 - 3 Dundee United (League - Premier Division)
Also Played For:Chelsea, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Stenhousemuir
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 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1987-88  Premier Division 38 (2) 5 0.13 3 0 40.0% 37.5% 22.5%
 1986-87  Premier Division 55 (3) 9 0.16 3 0 55.2% 24.1% 20.7%
 1985-86  Premier Division 46 (1) 15 0.32 5 0 48.9% 29.8% 21.3%
 1984-85  Premier Division 53 16 0.30 4 0 60.4% 17.0% 22.6%
 1983-84  Premier Division 52 (1) 11 0.21 - - 58.5% 22.6% 18.9%
 1982-83  Premier Division 41 (2) 13 0.30 - - 65.1% 23.3% 11.6%
 1981-82  Premier Division 57 (3) 22 0.37 - - 48.3% 23.3% 28.3%
 1980-81  Premier Division 54 (1) 13 0.24 - - 50.9% 27.3% 21.8%
 1979-80  Premier Division 31 4 0.13 - - 35.5% 41.9% 22.6%
427 (13) 108 0.25

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 May 14th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Celtic 1 - 2
 Apr 30th, 1988 League  (A)  vs. Greenock Morton 4 - 0
 Apr 23rd, 1988 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 2 - 2
 Apr 20th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0
 Apr 13th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Mar 15th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 2
 Feb 20th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 2 - 0
 Jan 30th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 7 - 0
 Jan 16th, 1988 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0
 Apr 28th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton Academical 2 - 1

The Edinburgh born midfielder started his career with Heart of Midlothian, making his debut for the club at the age of 18 in October 1976. However his impressive skills and trickery were not enough to save the Hearts from relegation but his 13 goals the following season helped fire them to promotion. In 1979, Eamonn was sold to Chelsea for £220,000, most of which was used to pay off debts that was threatening the future of the club.

Bannon started well with Chelsea, scoring his only goal for the club in his third appearance. However the club were relegated at the end of the 1978/79 campaign and a change of manager the following season saw the young Scottish playmaker fall out of favour. In October '79, United manager Jim McLean paid £165,000 to bring Eamonn Bannon to Tannadice - a Scottish transfer record at the time.

Eamonn made his United debut the following day and scored his first goal for the club just days later in a memorable 3-0 win at Pittodrie, and he quickly established himself as a regular in the great Dundee United side of the late 70s, early 80s. In December '79, just six weeks after joining United, he was part of the team that won the club's first ever piece of major silverware, starting in the 3-0 League Cup Final Replay demolition of Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen at Dens Park. Just one week later he earned his first International cap against Belgium at Hampden Park, having previously been a Scotland Under-21 internationalist - see ‘International’ tab.

The following season United retained the League Cup with a famous 3-0 win over Dundee, with Bannon again a major influence, having played in all eleven games in the competition, scoring four times en-route to the final. He also played in every match in United’s run to the Scottish Cup final that season, scoring in the semi-final victory over Celtic, before collecting his first runners-up medal after the final against Rangers.

The 1981/82 season saw a memorable European run for United, beating Monaco, Borussia Monchengladbach and Winterslag to reach the UEFA Cup Quarter Finals. Bannon scored in all three ties including what is considered to be one of the greatest United goals of all time: a mesmerising solo run from wide left on the half way line and a clinical finish in the 5-0 thumping of Germans Monchengladbach. Bannon helped United reach a third consecutive Scottish League Cup final in season 1981-82, scoring a hat-trick away against Ayr United, but they lost narrowly to Rangers in the final.

1982/83 would prove to be the greatest season in the history of the club and Eamonn played a crucial role in securing the Scottish Premier Division Title, scoring 13 goals including the winning goal at Dens Park on the final day of the season.

Bannon remained a vital part of the team over the next few years, playing a key role in the club's famous European runs in the 1983/84 European Cup and the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, where he collected a runners-up medal as United became the first Scottish Club to reach the UEFA Cup final. He also collected runners-up medals in the 1984 League Cup final, and the 1985 and 1987 Scottish Cup finals. Dependable from the penalty spot, Eamonn finished the 1985/86 season as the clubs top scorer with 15 goals, six of them spot kicks.

His last match for United was the 1988 Scottish Cup Final, and following an extremely successful career at Tannadice, Bannon left at the age of 30 to join his former club, Hearts, for a reported fee of £225,000. He spent five seasons back in Edinburgh, before finishing his playing career with short spells with Hibernian and Stenhousemuir, where he helped them win the 1995 Challenge Cup Final, defeating United in a penalty shoot-out. In 1996 he had a short spell as Falkirk manager, and in January 2009 he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Nov 3rd, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (80')
Apr 12th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Morton 2 - 0 (30') p
Apr 19th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (78')
Apr 23rd, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Morton 2 - 0 (86') p
Aug 23rd, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 1 (28')
Aug 27th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 0 (57')
Aug 27th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 0 (18')
Oct 8th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Clydebank 1 - 2 (57')
Nov 12th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (23')
Nov 22nd, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (78')
Jan 3rd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (89') p
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (68') p
Mar 18th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 4 - 1 (61')
Mar 18th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 4 - 1 (29')
Apr 15th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (8')
Apr 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 1 (24')
May 2nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (44') p
Aug 8th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 3 (28')
Aug 8th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 3 (75')
Aug 8th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 3 (47') p
Aug 19th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (38')
Aug 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1 (60') p
Sep 2nd, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (47') p
Sep 12th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (70')
Sep 16th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Monaco 5 - 2 (67') p
Sep 16th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Monaco 5 - 2 (83')
Nov 3rd, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. M'gladbach 5 - 0 (76')
Nov 11th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 0 (65')
Nov 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (46') p
Dec 5th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (75') p
Dec 9th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Winterslag 5 - 0 (24')
Feb 6th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (27') p
Feb 22nd, 1982 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (88') p
Feb 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 1 (56') p
Apr 3rd, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (35')
Apr 10th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (22')
Apr 10th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (81')
Apr 24th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (61') p
May 1st, 1982 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 2 (51') p
Aug 28th, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (69')
Sep 1st, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 3 - 1 (45') p
Sep 22nd, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 1 (35')
Nov 20th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (34')
Nov 27th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (70')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (48')
Dec 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (37') p
Feb 12th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 5 - 0 (56')
Apr 9th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (31') p
Apr 20th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (52') p
May 7th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (27')
May 7th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (53') p
May 14th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1 (11')
Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 6 - 1 (70')
Sep 14th, 1983 European Cup  (A)  vs. Hamrun 3 - 0 (30')
Sep 24th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (36')
Oct 5th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (32') p
Nov 9th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 4 - 2 (65') p
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (80')
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (11') p
Dec 27th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (68') p
Mar 3rd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 1 (10')
Mar 11th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (20')
Apr 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (56') p
Aug 21st, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (80') p
Oct 10th, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (30')
Oct 20th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 3 (56')
Oct 24th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Linzer 2 - 1 (89') p
Nov 3rd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (51')
Nov 3rd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (47') p
Dec 8th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 2 (76') p
Dec 15th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 5 - 2 (19') p
Feb 4th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (36')
Feb 16th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. QOS 3 - 0 (53')
Mar 9th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. St Mirren 4 - 1 (89')
Mar 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1 (31')
Mar 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1 (7')
Mar 30th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 4 (48')
Apr 3rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 4 - 0 (22')
Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (41') p
Aug 21st, 1985 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 0 (13')
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (38')
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (34')
Oct 12th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (58') p
Oct 26th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (68')
Oct 26th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (42')
Dec 21st, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (9') p
Dec 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 0 (43') p
Jan 4th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 4 - 2 (32') p
Jan 11th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 1 - 1 (69')
Jan 18th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 0 (20')
Jan 25th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 0 (73') p
Feb 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 4 - 0 (23') p
Feb 26th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (32')
Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (46')
Aug 30th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 0 (81')
Sep 6th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (80')
Oct 18th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 0 (50')
Nov 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (44')
Dec 13th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1 (18')
Dec 20th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (83')
Jan 10th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (76')
Feb 28th, 1987 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0 (55')
Apr 28th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton 2 - 1 (38')
Jan 16th, 1988 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (51')
Jan 30th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 7 - 0 (64')
Feb 20th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrie 2 - 0 (14')
Mar 15th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 2 (5')
Mar 15th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 2 (42')

 Hat-Tricks
Aug 8th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 3 (3 goals)

Shoot
Jan 1980

Shoot
Jul 1980

Shoot
Apr 1981

Shoot
Aug 1982

Shoot
Jun 1983

Shoot
Oct 1984

Shoot
Aug 1986

Match
Apr 1987

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 11
International Goals: 1

International Debut:
December 19th, 1979 vs. Belgium

Bannon enjoyed a whirlwind start to his United career - within two months he had won a League Cup winners medal and made his debut for Scotland, in a European qualifier against Belgium at Hampden. He had to wait three and a half years for his next cap, but played regularly in 1983, and scored his one and only International goal against East Germany at the Kurt Wabbel Stadion in Halle. A further three years past again before he returned to the Scotland team, and made the squad for the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, playing in the matches against Denmark and West Germany.