Barry Bannan

Name:
Barry Bannan
Nationality:
Scottish
Date of Birth:
01/12/1989
Height:
5' 6" (169cm)
Weight:
9st 8lbs (61.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Crystal Palace, Leeds (loan), Blackpool (loan), Blackpool (loan), Derby (loan),
Position:
Midfielder


Barry Bannan had an up-and-down term in 2012-13.

Bannan found his opportunities limited in the closing weeks of the campaign after initially impressing alongside Ashley Westwood early-on under Ashley Westwood.

He ended the football season in crazy circumstances, however.

Barry dropped everything when he was called-up by Scotland for the World Cup clash with Croatia.

Originally not in the squad, he packed his bags in Marbella and departed from his golf holiday to help the Scots to victory in the cracking clash.

Bannan began life with Villa at the age of 14, after he turned down an offer to join Celtic's youth academy in favour of a trial at Villa Park in 2008.

During that trial, Bannan featured for Villa's academy side in the Ergenzingen Tournament in Germany, picking up the player of the tournament award as Villa won the competition - and signed a two-year contract shortly afterwards.

Prior to his debut for the first team, the young Scot helped the academy side win the Premier Academy League title and featured in the reserves as they won the Premier Reserve League South, both in 2007-08.

In December 2008, Bannan made his first appearance for Villa in a 3-1 defeat to Hamburg in the UEFA Cup, coming on as a substitute for Craig Gardner after an hour.

After his first start for the club in a 2-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in February 2009, Bannan moved to Derby County on loan, where he scored on his debut and went on to make 10 appearances.

Having failed to feature for the first team during the first few months of 2009-10, Bannan joined Blackpool on loan that November.

He played 22 games for the Seasiders, including an appearance in their Championship play-off final triumph over Cardiff in 2010, and scored once, a spectacular lob from 30 yards out in a 1-1 draw with Coventry.

Following the departure of Martin O'Neill, caretaker manager Kevin McDonald gave Bannan his first taste of league action for Villa after bringing him on in the 89th minute of our 3-0 opening day victory over West Ham in 2010-11, and the midfielder marked the third European game of his career with a goal against Rapid Vienna five days later.

Bannan kept his place in the side after Gerard Houllier was appointed Villa manager in September 2010 and made his first Premier League start for the club in a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

He went on to make 10 more starts for Villa before joining Leeds United on loan in March 2011, for whom he made seven appearances.

The year 2010 was also the year that Bannan made his senior international debut, following 10 games and one goal for the U21s.

He played the full 90 minutes of Scotland's 3-0 friendly victory over the Faroe Islands and has so far made 11 appearances for his country, being named man of the match in his first competitive start in Scotland's 1-0 win over Lithuania after he set up the decisive goal.


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