FRANKIE Banks insists he does mind who wins the battle of his two former teams in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Roots Hall this weekend.
Banks played for both Southend United and Hull City during his own playing career.
And he will therefore be happy whatever the outcome of Saturday’s clash.
“Southend and Hull will always be the two clubs I look out for so I’ll be pleased for whichever of the two teams wins this weekend,” said Banks, 68.
“I’m disappointed I can’t be at the game but I missed Southend’s win against Manchester United so maybe they can have more success against a Premier League team without me there on Saturday.”
Banks grew up in Hull before moving to Southend as a youngster and signing a professional deal with the Shrimpers.
He made 91 appearances while with the club before he left to join Hull in 1966.
Banks went on to spend a decade with the Tigers and expects the two teams to play out an entertaining encounter this weekend.
“It’s going to be a great FA Cup tie and I would have loved to have been at Roots Hall for the game,” said Banks.
“I’ll keep up to date with how things are going and it’s going to be very interesting indeed.”
Hull, who were promoted from the Championship last season, go in to the game sitting 11th in the Premier League table while Southend are fourth in League Two.
And Banks is full of praise for the jobs both Steve Bruce and Phil Brown have done at his old clubs.
“Steve Bruce did really well to get them promoted and they’ve just continued that good form in the Premier League,” said Banks.
“He’s a good manager and with my family still in Hull, it’s great to see them doing well.
“Phil Brown is also doing a great job at Southend.
“I’ve seen them a few times this season and they are playing some good football and pushing for promotion.
“It’d be great to see them get out of this division. I was part of a promotion winning team as a player and as a coach when I was with Southend and I remember how much of a buzz there was around the town.”
Banks is still also involved with the Shrimpers, working with the club’s community and educational trust.
And he is thrilled to still be able to help the League Two side.
“There’s nothing like playing but it’s great to be able to try and help youngsters in the area,” said Banks.
“I got my chance at Southend United when I was spotted in the park, so it’s my way of giving something back I suppose.
“I really enjoy working with the trust and I’d like to wish both sides good luck for the weekend.
“It’s great knowing that one of them will be in the hat for the fifth round.”