Ben Herd

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Ben Herd
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Herd playing for Shrewsbury Town in 2008
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Alexander Herd[1]
Date of birth (1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Dunstable Town
Youth career
000?–2003 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Watford 0 (0)
2005–2009 Shrewsbury Town 143 (3)
2009–2013 Aldershot Town 151 (1)
2014– Dunstable Town 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:16, 16 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin Alexander "Ben" Herd (born 21 June 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Dunstable Town who he signed for in the summer of 2014.[2]

Starting his Football League career with Watford in 2003, he made his name at Shrewsbury Town between 2005 and 2009. In July 2009 he signed with Aldershot Town.

Career[edit]

Watford[edit]

Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Herd began his career as a trainee at Watford.[1] He signed his first professional contract with the Championship club in March 2003,[3] but was released two years later, having never played a game for the club.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

In June 2005, Herd signed for League Two club Shrewsbury Town,[4] following a recommendation from Herd's former Watford manager Ray Lewington. He made his Shrewsbury début on 6 August in a 1–0 defeat at home to Rochdale. He was almost ever-present for Shrewsbury in his first season with the club.

Herd playing in Aldershot Town's 1–0 defeat to Port Vale at Vale Park in 2010.

In the 2006–07 season injuries restricted Herd to 31 league appearances. However he was a late inclusion in the Shrewsbury side for the League Two play-off final at Wembley, after Luke Jones picked up an injury in the warm-up. Shrewsbury went on to lose the game 3–1. He signed a fresh two-year contract at the end of the season.[5]

In the 2007–08 season, Herd was again almost ever-present, missing just one league match through suspension.

The 2008–09 season started well for Herd, with the wing back in superb form, but a suspension meant that he was replaced by Darren Moss.[6] Moss maintained a rich vein of form, resulting in Herd playing just five times after mid-November and getting released at the season's end.[7] Herd was very disappointed that his contract would not be renewed, so he posted a goodbye and thank you message to the fans on the blue and amber forum.

Aldershot Town[edit]

After receiving interest from numerous clubs,[8] Herd signed a two-year contract with League Two side Aldershot Town in July 2009,[9][10] to his great relief.[11] He won Aldershot Town Player of the Season in 2010. The prestigious award was presented to him on 1 May 2010 against Lincoln City. The following season Ben was voted Players' Player of the Season and received the award prior to Aldershot's home match against Rotherham. Herd was released along with many other players at the end of the 2012-13 season as part of Aldershot's requirement to cut expenses after entering administration.

Dunstable Town[edit]

Herd signed for Southern League Premier Division side Dunstable Town in the summer of 2014, following the club's second promotion in a row from the Southern League Division One Central, immediately being handed the captaincy by manager Darren Croft.

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Herd helped to coach Shropshire youngsters, along with teammates David Edwards, Gavin Cowan, Stuart Whitehead and Ben Davies.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. pp. 195–196. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.dunstabletoday.co.uk/sport/football/local-football/herd-heads-up-creasey-park-academy-for-next-generation-1-6204187
  3. ^ "Watford reward sixtet". BBC Sport. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Defender Herd makes Shrews move". BBC Sport. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Shrewsbury duo sign new contracts". BBC Sport. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Herd hopes to keep starting role". BBC Sport. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Seven players released by Shrews". BBC Sport. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Herd reveals interest from clubs". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Ben Herd Signs". www.theshots.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Aldershot snap up full-back Herd". BBC Sport. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Herd relieved with Shots switch". BBC Sport. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Edwards to coach Shropshire youth". BBC Sport. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 

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