Notts county FC
|Date of Birth: |
|Place of birth:|
Coventry City FC
|2006 (on loan)|
Peterborough United FC
|2007 (on loan)|
Oldham Athletic AFC
Cardiff City FC
|2005 (on loan)|
Coventry City FC
Burton Albion FC
Mansfield Town FC
Notts County FC
Ben tell us a bit about yourself!
Grew up in Birmingham. Son of a gardener. Always wanted to be a footballer or the next Linford Christie. By senior school I knew football was my best chance.
Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
I always loved Roy Keane. He was so serious about the same and put everything on the line to win and I loved that growing up.
You came from the youth of Coventry City FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth and the first team ?
The biggest difference in my position was the size and strength of the strikers I was up against. I caught the back end of the era of dele Adebola, Darius Henderson’s of the championship. It was get strong and tough or forget about a career at centre back.
Ben you made your competitive debut on 22 August 2006 at the age of 18years against Stoke City FC. How important was that moment for you ?
It meant everything to me. Micky Adams put me on up front last minute to try to help hold onto the result at stoke away. I remember blowing the second I got on just thru nerves. But we got the result and I got my top signed by all the lads after the match.
By Coventry City FC, you was loaned out to Peterborough United FC and Oldham Athletic AFC. How did you experience these periods?
Peterborough was to get my first taste of playing regular in the football league. It was rough and tough in league 2 and it really helped my development. I then took a loan move to Oldham in league 1 which didn’t go so well as I was sent off on my debut and didn’t get another appearance for then. Tough learning curve and really disappointing at the time.
On 30 August 2011, you joined Cardiff City FC in the Championship. And you was an integral part of the Cardiff side that won the promotion from the Championship as League Champions. How important was that season for you ?
Very important. To be able to play almost every league game and win the championship felt like all my hard work had paid off.
You played more than 100 matches for Cardiff City FC. Why did you leave Cardiff ?
After 3 seasons at Cardiff I had a bad ankle injury and ended up having 6 successive ankle operations. In the end the club had to look elsewhere for someone who didn’t have injury problems and I had to look elsewhere to try to rebuild my career.
Ben, what were your highs and lows during your football career?
Highs: Winning the championship and playing and scoring in the league cup final.
Lows: Relegation from the championship with burton
You have played at several football clubs and in several divisions. At which club did you learned the most?
I think I learnt the most at Coventry as I was young and impressionable and was constantly absorbing information from experienced staff and players.
What is your ultimate dream after your football career ?
All I want after football is to watch my family grow and be able to support them financially as they do grow. If I could own a winning horse at the Cheltenham festival that would be the icing on the cake!