Photographer: Pete Norton
Cambridge United FC
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Attacking midfielder (10)
Cambridge United FC
|2018 (on loan)|
St Neots Town FC
|2019 (on loan)|
Bishop’s Stortford FC
|2019 (on loan)|
Chelmsford City FC
So Ben – tell us a bit about yourself!
I’ve played football all my life, been a Cambridge United fan since I can remember. I Joined Cambridge age 8 after playing locally for water beach colts and have always loved football since a young age. Love to watch football whenever I’m not playing it and talk about it with my mates whenever I’m not watching it!
How important is football for you?
It’s very important to me as it’s what I’ve grown up doing. It’s what my friends and family are invested in too, so they show great support in me and want to see me succeed that’s why it means a lot to do well as I’d like to try and make those around me proud.
Are you quick? Tall? A good passer? A goal scorer?
My style of player is sort of a playmaker. I like to get on the ball and link play with those around me. I feel like I play my best when those around me are at their best too as I can use them to play passes round the opposition and playing attacking football. I’d say I have a low centre of gravity so I am good at changing direction and dribbling between players. I am left footed and like to shoot from outside the box when I get the opportunity too. My go to shot is a curled finesse shot as I feel I can do this most consistently.
Ben, how do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
I like to keep my preparation for games to a minimum, I never do too much or too little as I feel the more relaxed I am the better. I often just try to stay positive leading up to the game, and try to take my mind off it as well so I’m not overthinking too much. I enjoy listening to music before games to motivate me. I feel a good night sleep and staying hydrated is always extremely important and beneficial before games too.
Who are the most important people within football environment?
I feel there is a lot of important people in a football environment as it’s a team sport and many small things contribute to a big success. It’s important to use everyone around you that is going to benefit you as the smallest things can make the biggest difference. For example people like your physio, analyst, dietitian, sports scientist, coach, teammates can all help in different ways therefore it’s important to use as many of the right people as possible to support you.
How did you get into the youth of Cambridge United FC ? And who helped you the most?
I got into the youth from my local side Water beach colts. My parents and coach were a huge part of that as they would have been in contact with the coaches of Cambridge and given me the opportunity to go to trials and training sessions.
Ben, in November 2017, you became the youngest player ever to play for Cambridge United FC. How important was that moment for you ?
That was a special moment to me as I have been a lifelong Cambridge supporter and player, so to get the opportunity to make my debut at a young age meant a lot. It felt like a lot of hard work had paid off and it certainly made me more motivated to try and make more appearances in the future.
In September 2018, you signed a three-year professional contract with Cambridge United FC. How important was that moment for you ?
Signing my pro contract was very special as it was a lifelong ambition of mine. It meant that all the years of playing as a kid and travelling up and down the country to different games with my parents was worth it. It was a special moment for them too as they played a huge part in me becoming a professional for Cambridge.
You was loaned out to St Neots Town FC, Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford City FC. How did you experience these periods?
The loan periods have helped me considerably. Playing regular football is very important as you learn so much in each game. Playing men’s football gave me a platform to work on and see what it’s like in a competitive environment. I had good success at bishops Stortford but as there was many games played in a short period playing Tuesdays and Saturdays weekly, this highlighted how important it was to be consistent. Every time I played well I rarely had time to sit back and celebrate my success, as I knew the next game was round the corner. This was a very good experience as it tested my mindset and I was forced to focus on building on my success rather than dropping my standards just because I did well one week.
Ben, now you’re back at Cambridge, what are your personal goals for this season?
My goals for this season are too try and break into the first team and make my first league start. I think this is an achievable goal if I continue to work hard, believe in myself and train with a good attitude.