Ben Williamson (footballer)

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Ben Williamson
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Marc Williamson
Date of birth (1988-12-25) 25 December 1988 (age 26)[1][2]
Place of birth Lambeth, London, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 9
Youth career
Milwall
Croydon Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Worthing ? (14)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (8)
2011 Bournemouth 4 (0)
2011–2012 Hyde 0 (0)
2011–2012 Port Vale (loan) 35 (3)
2012– Port Vale 114 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 4 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin Marc "Ben" Williamson (born 25 December 1988) is an English football striker who plays for League One side Port Vale.

He played for Worthing in 2009, before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain the following year, where he had a spell with the academy's partner club, Jerez Industrial. In 2011 he returned to England to join Bournemouth, where he featured in the south-coast club's play-off semi final against Huddersfield Town. He joined Port Vale on a season-long loan from Hyde in June 2011, which was made permanent the following year. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in London,[3] Williamson played youth football for Millwall[4] and Croydon Athletic,[5] before signing for Worthing of the Isthmian League Division One South in August 2009.[6] In November 2009, Williamson attended a four-week trial at the Glenn Hoddle Academy.[7] He was invited to the Academy partly by chance, as Academy scouts had been watching Worthing teammate Ross Treleaven when Williamson scored a hat-trick and unwittingly alerted them to his potential.[8]

The Glenn Hoddle Academy[edit]

He signed a two-year contract with the academy in the summer of 2010,[9] and was selected to play for nearby Spanish side Jerez Industrial following the academy's takeover of the club. During the first half of the 2010–11 season, he played twelve games for the club, scoring eight goals.[10][11] After he left the club, Jerez struggled, and suffered relegation at the end of the season. Back at the Academy, Glenn Hoddle focused on improving Williamson's technique, especially in his left foot.[8]

Bournemouth[edit]

On 31 January 2011, he joined League One club Bournemouth on a deal lasting until the end of the season.[12] He made his debut on 5 February, appearing as an injury time substitute in a 1–1 draw with Leyton Orient.[13] An ankle injury restricted him to just four further substitute appearances,[8] including a brief appearance in the club's play-off semi-final draw with Huddersfield Town, coming on in the last minute replacing Danny Ings.[14]

Hyde to Port Vale[edit]

In June 2011 he turned down a new deal at Bournemouth as manager Lee Bradbury could not guarantee regular first team football.[15] He joined Conference North outfit Hyde,[16] but was loaned out to Micky Adams' Port Vale in League Two on a season long loan.[17]

"Burslem is a bit different to Bournemouth, never mind south-west Spain ... I still haven't found the beach. I had only been north of Birmingham once before, going to Manchester when I was about seven. But I'm 22, hungry for regular football, pleased to be here and ready to prove myself... The physical side doesn't faze me. I'm pretty quick, try to get in behind the defence and like to run at people with the ball... If I could take my ratio with Jerez into this year I'd end up with 30-odd goals – now that would do."

—Williamson on signing for Port Vale.[8]

He got off the mark with his first Football League goals on 17 September, as he 'displayed athleticism, composure, bravery and a poacher's instinct' to score with a lob and then a header in a 3–2 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town.[18][19][20] He made six starts and eight substitute appearances in the club's first fifteen games of the season.[21] However he damaged his knee in a reserve game at Derby County on 31 October, and was sidelined for several weeks.[22] Vale failed to score a single goal in the five matches that he missed,[23] though he had to wait until boxing day before he made his return to first team action.[24] A stoppage time strike against Oxford United seconds before the end of the 2011–12 season gave Williamson a tally of three goals in 35 league games (12 starts and 23 substitute appearances). He signed a new one-year contract with the club in May 2012.[25]

He began the 2012–13 season making regular appearances from the bench, and his tendency to score important goals led to him being labelled as a "super-sub".[26] He was favoured ahead of Louis Dodds for the first time against Northampton Town on 27 October, but was taken off for tactical reasons early into the match after defender John McCombe was sent off.[27] He then returned to bench duty, and sealed his super-sub status with the winning goal against Forest Green Rovers in the First Round of the FA Cup.[28] He then scored two goals in two starts at the end of November.[29] However the arrival of Lee Hughes in the January transfer window meant that competition to partner the league's top-goalscorer in Tom Pope was fierce, and Williamson was mainly used as an impact player.[30] He ended the campaign on nine goals in his 39 appearances, as Vale secured promotion with a third-place finish, and agreed to sign a new two-year contract in the summer.[31]

Williamson scored six goals in 46 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign, helping the club to a ninth-place finish in League One.

On 12 August 2014, Williamson scored his first career hat-trick during Port Vale's 6–2 League Cup victory over Hartlepool United.[32] New manager Rob Page went on to say that Williamson was an important player in Page's tactics, his pace being useful to "create gaps for clever players like Dany N'Guessan, Mark Marshall and Louis Dodds".[33] Page played him as the lone striker in a 4–5–1 formation.[34] He ended the 2014–15 season with nine goals in 47 games.

Style of play[edit]

Neil Duncanson, commercial director at Glenn Hoddle Academy said "Ben is a good striker, with a good eye for goal He has fantastic movement off the ball and the pace to take on any defender".[35] After his arrival at Port Vale, manager Micky Adams stated "Ben is a quick striker".[36] Strike partner Tom Pope further said that "he's strong, quick, has a lot of attributes... [and is] going to have a good career".[37] Veteran striker Lee Hughes stated that "he has terrific pace, he's really powerful, his movement is great and he has awareness too".[38]

Personal life[edit]

Williamson studied Mathematics & Business studies at the University of Brighton.[7][8] He is a lifelong Arsenal supporter.[39]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[40] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010–11[11] Jerez Industrial Tercera División Group X 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 8
Total 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 8
2010–11[41] Bournemouth League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2011–12 Hyde Conference North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[42] Port Vale (loan) League Two 35 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 37 3
2012–13[43] Port Vale 33 8 2 1 1 0 3 0 39 9
2013–14[44] League One 38 4 5 2 1 0 2 0 46 6
2014–15[45] 43 6 1 0 2 3 1 0 47 9
Total 149 21 8 3 5 3 7 0 169 27
Career total 165 29 8 3 5 3 8 0 186 32
Notes
  • Worthing appearances unavailable, though he scored 14 Isthmian League goals.[46]

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

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  32. ^ "Port Vale 6-2 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
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  34. ^ "Williamson starting to repay boss for faith shown in him". The Sentinel. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
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  39. ^ Baggaley, Mike (3 September 2013). "Port Vale 2, Bury 1". The Sentinel. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  40. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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  42. ^ "Games played by Ben Williamson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Ben Williamson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Ben Williamson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Ben Williamson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
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