Former Bolton and Blackpool goalkeeper set to join coaching staff


Former Bolton, Preston and Blackpool goalkeeper Steve Banks is set to join Tranmere as goalkeeper coach, understands.

Banks has most recently been on the coaching staff at Bradford City where he spent just over two years before leaving last month. He will fill the role vacated by Eric Nixon who left Tranmere recently.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he actually played against Tranmere in two of the club’s biggest games; the Worthington Cup semi-final (both legs) versus Bolton during the 1999-2000 season.

Banks, who also spent time on the coaching staff at Blackpool, had a long playing career in which he played around 400 first team games.

He came through the ranks at West Ham initially before representing the likes of Gillingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Stoke, Wimbledon, Gillingham, Hearts, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

Banks was in the dugout alongside Micky Mellon and Mike Jackson during last night’s win at Southport and was also in charge of warming the keepers up ahead of kick-off.

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