Dale Bennett

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Dale Bennett
Dale Bennett 2013.jpg
Bennett playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Dale Owen Bennett
Date of birth (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Enfield, London, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2008 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Watford 22 (0)
2008 Wealdstone (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2009 Kettering Town (loan) 17 (0)
2011 Brentford (loan) 1 (1)
2012 Brentford (loan) 4 (0)
2012 AFC Wimbledon (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013– Forest Green Rovers 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:31, 26 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dale Owen Bennett (born 6 January 1990) is an English professional footballer, who currently plays for Forest Green Rovers as a defender.

Career[edit]

If players go to training everyday and show attitude and application in reserve and first team games alike they are going to get picked. That's why Dale Bennett is in the first team.

Malky Mackay, September 2009[1]

Bennett began his career at English Football League Championship side Watford in the side's academy system. He captained the U-18 side, and signed professionally in March 2008. He made his first-team debut for Watford as a 71st minute substitute in a 1–0 victory over West Ham United in the League Cup on 23 September 2008.[2]

In November 2008 Bennett joined Conference National side Kettering Town on a month-long loan, which was later extended to the rest of the season.[3] Bennett made his first Football League appearance for Watford in their 1–0 win against Barnsley in September 2009, following an injury to captain Jay DeMerit.[4] Bennett's attitude in training and matches was praised by his manager Malky Mackay, and he retained his place in the team for the following game against Plymouth Argyle, where the team again won 1–0.[1][5]

Bennett's next run of regular first-team football came in April 2010, when he played in all six games, initially in place of DeMerit, and later Lloyd Doyley. Mackay commented that Bennett was improving as he gained experience.[6] His contract was subsequently extended until the end of the 2010–11 season.[7] At the end of Watford's 2010–11 campaign, the club exercised its option and signed Bennett through the 2012–2013 season.[8] On 27 October 2011, Bennett joined Brentford on a month's loan. He scored his first career goal on his Brentford debut, the winner in a 2–1 win over Chesterfield on 29 October. This proved to be his only appearance for the Bees as injury ruled him out of all other games during his loan spell. Once recovered from his injury, Bennett re-joined Brentford on loan on 1 January 2012 for 28 days. He made four appearances before returning to Watford. Bennett made his first start for Watford in the 2011–12 season away to West Ham United on 7 March 2012. He had to be stretchered off in the second half due to a clash of heads with John Eustace leaving him concussed and not able to continue.

On 31 August 2012, he signed a one-month loan deal with AFC Wimbledon, this was extended for another month on 5 October.[9] AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley announced on 28 October that he would be releasing Bennett on account of injury. On 22 November 2012, Bennett joined League One side Yeovil Town on loan until January 2013.[10] He made his Yeovil Town debut as a substitute in their 3–1 defeat against Carlisle United but this was Bennett's only appearance for the club as he returned to Watford on 8 December due to a back injury.

On 24 January 2013, Bennett joined Forest Green Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal, linking up with former team-mate, Eddie Oshodi.[11] After overcoming an injury that he arrived with, he made his Forest Green debut on 9 February 2013 in a 1–1 draw at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 April 2014.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2008–09[13] 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[14] 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11[15] 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2011–12[16] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Kettering Town (loan)
2008–09[17]
17 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 23 0
Total 17 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 23 0
Brentford (loan)
2011–12[18]
5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Forest Green Rovers
2012–13[19]
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2013–14 30 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 32 0
Total 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 41
Career totals 82 1 3 0 2 0 6 0 93 1
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy.[20][21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Post match reaction". Watford F.C. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Watford 1–0 West Ham". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Beardsley leaves Poppies – but Rawle and Bennett arrive". Northants Evening Telegraph. Johnston Press. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Anthony Matthews (12 September 2009). "Dale Bennett gets big opportunity as Jay DeMerit sidelined". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Plymouth 0–1 Watford". BBC Sport. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Smith, Frank (13 April 2010). "Watford boss believes Dale Bennett 'now looks like he deserves to be at this level'". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Watford deals for Liam Henderson and Dale Bennett". BBC Sport. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Watford centre-back Dale Bennett handed new two-year contract". Watford Observer. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Dons extend loan stars' stay". Sky Sports. 
  10. ^ "Dale Bennett leaves Watford for Yeovil Town on loan". BBC Sport. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/sport/10183896.Hockaday_swoops_for_Watford_star/
  12. ^ "Luton 1–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Watford 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  14. ^ "Watford 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  15. ^ "Watford 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  16. ^ "Watford 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  17. ^ "Kettering 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Brentford 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  19. ^ "Forest Green 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 February 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  20. ^ "Kettering Through on Penalties". KTFC. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Cooper's Cup Success Continues". KTFC. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Tiverton Town 1 Kettering Town 1". KTFC. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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