From an original Wurzelmania page by 'Zider Ed' - Paul Gunningham and Frank Blades
Tommy Banner was born in Penicuik, a small Lothian mining town a few miles south of Edinburgh. He was the younger of two brothers, his father being an army major in the Edinburgh-based Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), the oldest Regiment in the British Army.
Music and sports were the two loves of the young Banner - if music had not been such a love, perhaps he could have been a successful sportsman. Tommy was part of the East Of Scotland under-16's football side that won the Scottish Cup for their age group. In saying that, it is doubtful that a footballing career would have lasted as long as his music career has done! John Miles' 1976 Combine Harvester LP sleeve notes state that Tommy "plays most sports including football, tennis, squash and golf." Certainly his physique is more sportsman than aging rocker - something he happily shows off at most Wurzels gigs!