Ben Parker (footballer)

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Ben Parker
Ben Parker.jpg
Parker pictured playing for Leeds United in January 2011.
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Brian Colin Parker[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Pontefract, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Guiseley
Youth career
1995–2002 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Leeds United 41 (0)
2006–2007 Bradford City (loan) 39 (0)
2008 Darlington (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Carlisle United (loan) 5 (1)
2013– Guiseley 28 (0)
National team
2002–2003 England U16 5 (0)
2004 England U17 3 (0)
2005 England U18 1 (0)
2005–2006 England U19 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:02, 13 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin Brian Colin "Ben" Parker (born 8 November 1987) is an English footballer currently for Guiseley. He is primarily a left-back, though can also play at centre-back.

He started his career with Leeds United, but gained his first taste of senior football at Bradford City, spending the 2006–07 season on loan at the club. He then spent part of the following season on loan at Darlington. Injuries meant that he made a limited contribution to the 2009–10 campaign, as Leeds won promotion out of League One. He was loaned out to Carlisle United in January 2011, and was released by Leeds in April 2012. He has also represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels.

Club career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Born in Pontefract, England, Parker started his career with Leeds United, but made his full debut during the 2006–07 season while on loan at local rivals Bradford City.[2] He made his first team debut for the "Bantams" on 5 August, in a 1–0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.[3] On 5 October, Leeds caretaker manager John Carver said that if Parker's appearances were being limited at Bradford then the club would rather he came back to Leeds and fought for a first team place there than sitting on the bench at Valley Parade.[4] The loan spell was extended in late December, indicating new Leeds manager Dennis Wise wanted him to gain as much experience as possible before plunging him into the new look Leeds side. He played a total of 41 games for Bradford during his loan spell, as the club suffered relegation into League Two, and then returned to Leeds, who themselves suffered relegation into League One.

In May 2007, Parker was offered a new contract by Leeds United.[5] He made his full debut for Leeds in a 1–0 win over Macclesfield Town in the League Cup on 14 August.[6] Four days later, Parker made his league and home debut as a substitute in a 4–1 win over Southend United.[7]

Having made 15 appearances for Leeds during the 2007–08 season, he was transferred to Dave Penney's Darlington on a one month loan deal in February 2008.[8] He made his Darlington debut on 1 March, in a 3–1 victory over Brentford at The Darlington Arena.[9] Parker played seven games for the "Quakers" during March, before extending his loan spell until the end of the season.[10] On 26 April, he was sent off as Darlington went from leading 2–0 to losing 3–2 to Dagenham & Redbridge.[11] He missed the final game of the season against Peterborough United but returned for the first leg League Two play-off semi-final victory over Rochdale.[12] However he was not used in the second leg, as Darlington were beaten on penalties.[13]

He returned to Leeds for the 2008–09 season, and scored his first goal for the club with a 35-yard shot in a 5–2 win in an FA Cup first round replay against Northampton Town at Sixfields on 17 November.[14] He had a strong end to the season, becoming the "Whites" first choice left-back. He was linked with a move to Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2009.[15] He was a major part in the opening goal of the play-off semi-final second leg against Millwall in which he made a blistering 70-yard run to cross for Luciano Becchio to fire home from six-yards. However, Leeds lost the tie 2–1 on aggregate.[16] At the season's end he was given the Chairman's Special award, along with Jonathan Douglas.[17]

In July 2009, Parker signed an extension to his contract which would keep him at Elland Road until summer 2012.[18] Parker assisted a goal for Jermaine Beckford in the season opening 2–1 win against Exeter City, before he suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted.[19] His hamstring injury kept him out for several weeks, and he then suffered a setback and had to have an operation on his hip. During his absence, he was covered by makeshift left-back Andy Hughes, with Aidy White, Shane Lowry and Tony Capaldi also covering the position. In late December, Parker returned to training, but he aggravated the injury in a reserve team game the following month. After finally recovering to full fitness he made two substitute appearances in April, before picking up a calf injury after starting the game against Milton Keynes Dons.[20] Despite missing their first-choice left-back, Leeds were promoted to the Championship as runners up in the 2009–10 season. In April, the Chairman's Special Award was given to Parker by Ken Bates for the second successive year.[21]

Parker's injury ruled him out of all the 2010–11 pre-season. He returned to training in late September, and manager Simon Grayson told the press that Parker would be back for selection for the first team in late October.[22] His comeback had been steady and he played in a series of reserve team games to help build his match fitness after so long on the sidelines.[23] On 4 January, after an 18-month battle with injury, Parker returned to the "Peacocks" starting lineup against Cardiff City, replacing regular left-back George McCartney who returned to Sunderland from his loan spell.[24] Four days later, Parker played in a 1–1 draw against Premier League club Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and gave away a 90th minute penalty after fouling Theo Walcott, which was converted to leave the final score at 1–1.[25] Parker lost his place when Leeds re-signed George McCartney and he also began suffering with further injuries.

In July 2011, Parker returned to fitness and had the opportunity to reclaim his left-back position.[26] He started the 2011–12 pre-season as United's first choice left back, however his injury nightmare returned when he had to be substituted against Sheffield Wednesday after a heavy challenge; he was replaced by Hungarian trialist Boldizsár Bodor.[27] Parker made his first start of the season on 9 August against Bradford City in Leeds' 3–2 victory in the League Cup. After that Parker would miss out on several more games due to injury.[28] He returned to training during mid-December.[29] Parker then admitted he needed a loan move in order to re-gain his match sharpness after an injury hit two-and-a-half years.[30] Parker was also vocal about the club's regime about the sale of Jonny Howson, the sale prompted mass protests amongst Leeds supporters; enraged by what they perceived as a lack of ambition after failure to hold on to several key players in recent seasons and minimal investment in the first team squad.[31] Howson's long-term friend Parker rejected the club's claims that midfielder wanted to leave the club at a fans forum whilst negotiations were taking place.[32]

On 26 January, he joined Greg Abbott's Carlisle United on a one-month loan.[33][34] Parker scored his first goal for Carlisle and his first ever league goal on his debut at Brunton Park against Chesterfield in a 2–1 win on 4 February.[35] After playing five games for the "Cumbrians" in his one month loan, he returned to Leeds United.[36] On 16 April, manager Neil Warnock agreed to terminate Parker's contract by mutual consent after seven years at the club.[37][38] Despite being released Parker continued to train with Leeds in order to keep fit whilst he searched for a new club.[39]

Parker signed with Bury on non-contract terms in December 2012.[40] However the transfer was never ratified as the club was placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League before the paperwork was completed.[41]

At the start of the 2013/14 season, Parker who was at that time without a club, featured as a co-commentator alongside Adam Pope for several of Leeds United's games on BBC Radio Leeds.

Guiseley[edit]

At the Start of Mark Bower's reign, Parker joined Guiseley. With Guiseley struggling with no centre back he coped with the role well and soon improved Guiseley's defensive record, with Adam Lockwood joining (now at Oldham) he now plays left back, competing with Rhys Meynell

International career[edit]

Parker has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels. He was part of the under-17 squad at the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

Statistics[edit]

As of 21 April 2013.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[42] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06[43] Leeds United Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[44] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[44] Bradford City (loan) League One 39 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 41 0
2007–08[45] Leeds United 9 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
2007–08[45] Darlington (loan) League Two 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09[46] Leeds United League One 26 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 31 1
2009–10[47] 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2010–11[48] Championship 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[49] 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[49] Carlisle United (loan) League One 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 41 0 6 1 5 0 4 0 56 1
Career total 99 1 7 1 5 0 4 0 115 2

Honours[edit]

Leeds United

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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