Ben Appleby

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Ben Appleby
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Ben Appleby during his spell at Bristol Rovers
Personal information
Full name Arthur Benjamin Appleby
Date of birth (1876-06-13)13 June 1876
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England
Date of death 22 October 1961(1961-10-22) (aged 85)
Place of death Bristol, England
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1903 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
1903–1908 Bristol Rovers 180 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arthur Benjamin 'Ben' Appleby (born 13 June 1876) was a professional footballer who spent the vast majority of his career at Bristol Rovers. He was signed by Rovers manager Alfred Homer in 1903 having played just a single game of League football, for West Bromwich Albion against Glossop North End in the Football League Second Division, but he immediately established himself as a regular in the Rovers' first team. He was part of the team that won the Southern League championship in 1905.

Appleby retired from professional football in 1908, going on to play non-League football in Gloucester.


  • Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883-2003. Stroud: Tempus. pp. 68, 85 & 489. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2.