Ben Mee

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Ben Mee
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Thomas Mee[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Sale, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2008 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Manchester City 0 (0)
2011 Leicester City (loan) 15 (0)
2011–2012 Burnley (loan) 19 (0)
2012– Burnley 69 (1)
National team
2007–2008 England U19 3 (1)
2009 England U20 5 (0)
2010–2011 England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:40, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:14, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Benjamin Thomas Mee (born 21 September 1989 in Sale, Greater Manchester) is an English footballer, who currently plays for Burnley as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Ben Mee first came to prominence for Manchester City as the captain of the City Academy squad which won the 2008 FA Youth Cup.[3]

Mee was given his first real test of first-team experience when he was taken on City's US tour in the summer of 2010, with club manager Roberto Mancini expressing that he wanted to blood his youth players and have a chance to see what they could do at a higher level than reserve fixtures. Mee made up two appearances, against Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls.

Mee followed up his tour appearances with a starting line-up appearance in the Carling Cup against West Bromwich Albion on 22 September 2010 in a 2–1 away loss.[4] Alongside Mee making his debut, Javan Vidal and John Guidetti were given their first competitive appearances for the club in a game where three of the four players in the defensive line were young Elite Development Squad players and a full six of the starting line-up were aged 21 or younger and had come through the club's academy system.

Leicester City (loan)[edit]

On New Years Day 2011, Mee joined former Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson's Leicester City side on loan for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[5] After signing for the club, Mee would join his Manchester City's team-mate Greg Cunningham at Leicester City.[6] After two weeks yet playing them, Mee finally made his debut for Leicester City in a 4–2 win over Millwall.[7] On 12 March 2011, Mee provided his first professional assist for Miguel Vítor to score his first goal in the match against Scunthorpe United which he scored twice later in the game which Leicester City won 3–0.[8] On 25 April 2011, Mee provided another his second assist for Jeffrey Bruma to score against Watford in a 4–2 win.[9]

After the end of 2010/11 season, Mee returned to Manchester City after 6 months at Leicester City.[10] Following the sacking of Sven Göran Eriksson (who had signed Mee), Mee commented that he was sad to hear of the news.[11]

Burnley[edit]

On 14 July 2011 it was confirmed that Mee had joined Burnley on a season long loan.[12][13] Following his move to Burnley on loan, Mee hints that his good performance at Burnley could earn him a chance back at parent club Manchester City next year. Mee told skysports.com:

"It would be great to get a few first-team games back at Manchester City, but I'm just looking to do well here at Burnley for now, Whatever happens back at City will happen in due course and I can't do anything about that at the moment.We will have to see what happens next year because obviously there is a wealth of talent there and it is going to be difficult for any youngster to break into the first team there.We will have to see what happens next year because obviously there is a wealth of talent there and it is going to be difficult for any youngster to break into the first team there.[14]

On 19 July 2011, Mee made his debut for Burnley in a pre-season friendly match against before coming off for David Edgar on a 67th minutes in a 2–0 loss against League Two side Bristol Rovers.[15] On 6 August 2011, Mee made his league debut for Burnley in a 2–2 draw against Watford and played 90th minutes until the end of the game.[16] On 29 November 2011, Mee got his first clean sheet for Burnley without letting an opponent score, capping a perfect birthday for Burnley manager Eddie Howe in a 4–0 win over Ipswich Town.[17]

On 10 January 2012, Burnley boss Eddie Howe expressed interest in signing Mee on a permanent basis with Manchester City sanctioning a sale just days after signing former Manchester City team mate Kieran Trippier who was also on loan at the club. Mee joined on a permanent 3 and a half-year deal on 17 January for an undisclosed fee.[18] His move to Burnley has comes as no surprise to find that the club have moved to bring him on board full-time.[19] During a match against Reading in a 1–0 loss on 27 February 2012, Mee made an impressive tremendous clearance by using his head to block a Noel Hunt shot to prevent Reading scoring for a second time.[20] On 24 March 2012, Mee provided his first assist for Burnley to allow Martin Paterson to score the second goal on a 36th minutes in the match against West Ham United, leading Burnley winning 2–0. Unfortunely, West Ham made a comeback in a second half and the match resulted 2–2 draw.[21]

International career[edit]

At international level, Mee has represented England at under-21 level, making his debut as a substitute in a friendly against Germany.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City
2008–09[23]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[24]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[25]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[26]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Leicester City (loan)
2010–11[27]
Championship 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Burnley (loan) 2011–12[28] Championship 19 0 0 0 3 0 22 0
Burnley 2011–12[28] Championship 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2012–13[29] Championship 19 1 0 0 2 0 21 1
2013–14[30] Championship 38 0 0 0 3 0 41 0
Total 88 1 1 0 8 0 0 0 97 1
Career totals 102 1 1 0 9 0 0 0 112 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13". The Football League. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 444. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "FA Youth Cup: Manchester City crush Chelsea". telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Media Group Limited). 17 April 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "West Brom – Manchester City". BBC Sport. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mee joins Foxes on loan". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 1 January 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Foxes land City youngster". Sky Sports. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Leicester City 4 – 2 Millwall". LCFC.com. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Scunthorpe United 0 – 3 Leicester City". LCFC.com. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Leicester City 4 – 2 Watford". LCFC.com. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "eicester City’s season finishing far too early for Ben Mee". Leicester City Football Club.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ben Mee sad to see Sven-Goran Eriksson go". This is Leicestershire. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Burnley get Mee". clarets-mad.co.uk. (Supporters of Burnley Football Club). 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "City Starlet Mee is First Summer Signing". burnleyfootballclub.com. (Burnley Football Club). 3 August 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Mee keen to impress". Sky Sports. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "BRISTOL ROVERS 2 BURNLEY 0". Burnley Football Club.com. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Burnley 2 – 2 Watford". Burnley Football Club.com. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Burnley 4 – 0 Ipswich Town". Burnley Football Club.com. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Burnley sign Ben Mee from Manchester City permanently". BBC Sport. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mee makes permanent move". Sky Sports. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Burnley defender Mee blocks shot with his head". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Burnley 2 – 2 West Ham United". Burnley Football Club.com. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Germany v England". the FA. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  23. ^ "Man City 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Man City 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Man City 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Man City 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Leicester 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  28. ^ a b "Ben Mee Football Stats Season 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "Burnley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Burnley 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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