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Denis Banks

Denis Banks

1979-1991
12

166 CFC Games Played

111 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
16 June 1959
Recruited From
East Reservoir
Collingwood Debut
Round 7, 1979
Height:
185cm
Weight:
81kg

Biography

Loyalty, courage, commitment, selflessness.

They’re the kind of qualities upon which premierships are built. And Denis Banks had them in spades.

Banks was a prodigiously talented youngster who looked set to have a stellar senior career at the club he had followed passionately as a kid. But, after a hugely promising first year, in which he won the Best First Year Player Award, fate intervened.

Banks injured his knee in the infamous 1980 night Grand Final and missed the best part of a year.

Worse still, it signally the start of a run of injuries that simply never stopped. He missed close to 100 games in his career and never once managed an uninterrupted season.

The closest he got was in 1984, when he played magnificent football at centre half forward, finishing second in the Copeland Trophy and taking the Mark of the Year against Footscray.

All his trademarks were on display that season: agility, athleticism, aggression, ferocity at the ball and exceptional marking for a player of his size.

His other standout season was, fittingly, 1990, when he overcame a severe neck injury to play a key role at both ends of the ground.

His intensity, courage and team play never left him, and he did a lot of the little, hard things that teammates notice and appreciate.

Banks also added a hardness to the team that helped make the men of 1990 a side to be feared.

Even then, Banks had to endure another late-season scare when he broke his wrist with four games to go until September.

He fought back quickly, returning to the fray three weeks ahead of schedule and inspiring his teammates in the process.

So, when Banks finally clutched a premiership medallion on Grand Final Day, 1990, it’s fair to say no Collingwood player deserved it more.

Adapted from the Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopaedia (2012), written by Michael Roberts and Glenn McFarlane.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1979-1991 166 111 13 57%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1979 14 7 12 98 52 150 12

1979 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 Geelong W 10 6 16 12 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 1 8 6 14 12 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 1 3 7 8 15 12 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 1 5 6 11 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 1 7 2 9 12 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 1 1 11 3 14 12 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 3 2 13 8 21 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 10 3 13 12 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 1 8 4 12 12 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 1 5 2 7 12 View match >
Round 19 Sydney W 1 3 1 4 12 View match >
Qualifying Final North Melbourne L 1 4 1 5 12 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 1 5 1 6 12 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 0 0 2 1 3 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1980 11 9 12 99 45 144 12

1980 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 North Melbourne W 1 1 9 2 11 12 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 2 9 4 13 12 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 1 7 3 10 12 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 1 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 2 2 11 6 17 12 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 2 1 9 3 12 12 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 2 9 11 20 12 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 8 6 14 12 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 1 1 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 1 9 5 14 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1981 6 2 5 40 15 55 12

1981 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 17 Sydney L 4 3 7 12 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 1 1 7 5 12 12 View match >
Round 19 North Melbourne W 6 1 7 12 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 1 2 5 2 7 12 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 1 11 3 14 12 View match >
Qualifying Final Geelong L 1 7 1 8 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1982 15 11 17 169 67 236 12

1982 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 3 9 1 10 12 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 15 6 21 12 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 8 Sydney L 1 1 7 2 9 12 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn L 2 3 6 6 12 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 2 1 11 6 17 12 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 12 4 16 12 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 16 9 25 12 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 8 2 10 12 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 9 4 13 12 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 6 10 16 12 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 11 9 20 12 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 3 2 11 4 15 12 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 3 15 5 20 12 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 1 2 20 3 23 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1983 6 4 2 29 23 52 12

1983 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Carlton L 2 9 6 15 12 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 1 10 2 12 12 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn L 1 1 12 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 2 4 5 9 12 View match >
Round 19 Richmond W 1 3 4 7 12 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 3 5 8 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1984 20 17 21 239 100 339 12

1984 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 6 2 8 12 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W 6 8 14 12 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 1 15 8 23 12 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 1 10 5 15 12 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 2 2 8 4 12 12 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 1 1 10 4 14 12 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 1 4 14 7 21 12 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 1 2 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 1 2 12 10 22 12 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 2 1 14 2 16 12 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 4 4 8 12 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 10 3 13 12 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 3 2 13 3 16 12 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy L 1 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne W 1 11 5 16 12 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 2 1 19 8 27 12 View match >
Round 22 Western Bulldogs W 2 13 2 15 12 View match >
Elimination Final Fitzroy W 1 13 7 20 12 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 1 16 6 22 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 1 15 6 21 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1985 16 11 9 153 60 213 12

1985 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 2 14 7 21 12 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 2 10 6 16 12 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 1 7 8 15 12 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 1 1 5 1 6 12 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 1 8 5 13 12 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 1 8 3 11 12 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn W 15 4 19 12 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 3 13 5 18 12 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 2 2 12 4 16 12 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 1 1 13 3 16 12 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 1 8 3 11 12 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 7 1 8 12 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 1 9 1 10 12 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 5 5 10 12 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 14 3 17 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy L 5 1 6 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1986 10 16 12 121 62 183 12

1986 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 10 St Kilda W 1 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 2 1 8 7 15 12 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 2 10 7 17 12 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 4 2 16 7 23 12 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 2 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 1 2 9 9 18 12 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 1 2 15 7 22 12 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 2 1 15 7 22 12 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 1 2 13 6 19 12 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 2 8 6 14 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1987 9 6 4 67 36 8 103 12

1987 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 2 2 9 5 1 14 12 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 0 0 1 1 12 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 2 0 9 2 3 11 12 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 11 9 2 20 12 View match >
Round 6 Brisbane W 0 0 9 4 13 12 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 1 1 10 5 15 12 View match >
Round 8 Essendon L 6 2 1 8 12 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 1 6 5 1 11 12 View match >
Round 10 West Coast L 6 4 10 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1988 21 16 19 207 86 24 293 12

1988 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Richmond W 13 5 18 12 View match >
Round 4 West Coast W 1 12 9 21 12 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 2 2 15 2 2 17 12 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn L 1 1 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 0 1 8 6 14 12 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 9 3 3 12 12 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 1 1 9 6 1 15 12 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 2 1 9 6 15 12 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 2 3 10 4 14 12 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 2 3 12 1 12 12 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 2 1 2 12 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 6 3 2 9 12 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 6 4 1 10 12 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne D 2 15 2 17 12 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 1 12 3 2 15 12 View match >
Round 19 Brisbane W 1 10 3 13 12 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 2 8 10 4 18 12 View match >
Round 21 West Coast L 13 5 2 18 12 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 2 1 10 1 2 11 12 View match >
Qualifying Final Carlton L 0 0 7 6 13 12 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 0 9 5 3 14 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1989 9 1 2 54 32 6 86 12

1989 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 10 Geelong L 3 1 4 12 View match >
Round 11 West Coast W 4 2 6 12 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 11 6 1 17 12 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 1 6 2 1 8 12 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs L 6 3 1 9 12 View match >
Round 20 Fitzroy W 4 8 2 12 12 View match >
Round 21 Richmond W 5 2 1 7 12 View match >
Round 22 West Coast W 7 4 11 12 View match >
Elimination Final Melbourne L 1 1 8 4 12 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1990 18 9 14 195 107 27 302 12

1990 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 West Coast L 5 4 9 12 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 1 16 5 1 21 12 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 1 1 13 5 18 12 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 11 4 15 12 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 1 5 6 1 11 12 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 2 8 3 1 11 12 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 1 16 8 24 12 View match >
Round 11 Brisbane W 1 3 15 7 4 22 12 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 8 2 2 10 12 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 1 18 8 1 26 12 View match >
Round 14 West Coast W 1 12 7 1 19 12 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 2 1 16 8 2 24 12 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 1 2 12 7 19 12 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs L 2 8 13 5 21 12 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 5 2 1 7 12 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast W 0 0 12 5 4 17 12 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 0 13 4 2 17 12 View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 0 0 2 9 2 11 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1991 11 2 3 95 54 7 149 12

1991 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 8 3 2 11 12 View match >
Round 2 West Coast L 0 0 5 9 14 12 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 12 10 2 22 12 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda D 9 3 1 12 12 View match >
Round 5 Brisbane W 9 2 11 12 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 7 1 8 12 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 8 6 14 12 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 5 4 9 12 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 1 2 16 5 21 12 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne L 1 7 7 1 14 12 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 9 4 1 13 12 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 166 111 132 1566 739 72 2305
Avg/Game   0.67 0.80 9.43 4.45 0.43 13.89
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

794

Total AFL Games
166
Total AFL Goals
111
CFC Debut
Round 7, 1979
CFC Last Game
Round 12, 1991
Recruited From
East Reservoir
Full Name
Denis Banks

Awards

  • All Australian
    1984
  • Life Members
    1989
  • x2
    Most Courageous Player
    1984, 1986
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1984
  • Best First Year Player (Harry Collier Trophy)
    1979
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2007
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1984
  • Premiership
    1990
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