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Martin Banks: 1957-2019

Clarets saddened by loss of key member of scouting team

6 February 2019

Burnley Football Club is saddened to hear of the loss of Martin Banks - a senior member of the Clarets’ scouting staff.

Martin, who died last week at the age of 61 following a battle with cancer, joined the Clarets in August, 2013 following spells working for Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Blackpool.

He operated through-out the North-West region for Burnley as a valued member of the club’s scouting and recruitment department.

Martin Hodge, the Clarets’ Head of Recruitment, said: “He was a big part of us. He was a genuinely nice bloke, who would always do everything you asked of him.

“He was a good old-fashioned scout with a modern-day nous.”

Martin Banks was also a keen race-goer and co-owner

Martin leaves a wife Carol and daughters Helena and Hayley.

The family said: “Martin was a dedicated husband, father and friend.

“His love of the game shone through with every conversation somehow coming back to football. 

“His knowledge in the profession left him with few peers and he has passed this on to his grandson, Jackson.

"As a family we will all continue to follow the Clarets and wish them all the best with the rest of the season."

The thoughts of everyone at Burnley FC are with Martin’s family and friends.


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