Daniel Bennett (footballer)

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Daniel Bennett
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Mark Bennett
Date of birth (1978-01-07) 7 January 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Great Yarmouth, England
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back, Full-back
Club information
Current team
Warriors[nb 1]
Number 16
Youth career
1993-1995 Tiong Bahru
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Tiong Bahru - (-)
1999–2000 Balestier Central 11 (0)
2000–2001 Tanjong Pagar United 35 (0)
2001–2002 Wrexham 6 (0)
2002 Singapore Armed Forces 11 (0)
2002–2003 Wrexham 18 (0)
2003–2004 Singapore Armed Forces 42 (1)
2005–2006 Woodlands Wellington 57 (4)
2007– Singapore Armed Forces 193 (5)
National team
2002– Singapore 128 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Daniel Mark Bennett (born 7 January 1978 in Great Yarmouth, England) is a professional footballer who plays for the Singapore national team and for Warriors FC in the S.League as a defender mainly in central defence. A versatile player who is a strong reader of the game, allowing him to make crucial interceptions despite not being blessed with great pace, Bennett is also known for his trademark long-range free kicks.

Bennett took up Singaporean citizenship in September 2002 under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme to play international football for Singapore.[1] With 128 caps for Singapore, he currently holds the national record for the most international matches played.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career and S.League debut[edit]

Bennett was selected to join the FAS Milo Scheme for talented young footballers at the age of 12.[3] He was drafted as a trainee by National Football League side Tiong Bahru three years later, giving him the opportunity to train with the team before he left Singapore to further his tertiary studies in England.[4] He returned to Singapore in 1999 hoping to make a career as a professional footballer. Balestier Central coach P N Sivaji gave him his first opportunity with the S.League club. Bennett moved to previous club Tanjong Pagar United (formerly Tiong Bahru) in May 2000.[5] Having played as a midfielder for 15 years, his defining career shift to defence came when coach Tohari Paijan played him as a centre-back in the absence of regular stopper Lim Tong Hai in a league match.[6] Recognition of his performances came when he was selected in the Singapore selection that faced Manchester United and Liverpool in a couple of high-profile friendly matches, and culminated in a S.League Player of the Year award.[7][8]

Wrexham[edit]

Bradford City manager Jim Jefferies was impressed with Bennett and offered him a trial at the Welsh club.[9] On 8 February 2002, Wrexham manager Denis Smith signed him on a short-term contract til the end of the 2001-02 Football League.[10] He made his league debut against Port Vale on 6 March 2002, partnering Trinidad & Tobago international Dennis Lawrence in the heart of defence. He was assessed as "enjoying a remarkable start, looking composed at the back and reading the game superbly" by the fans, who had contributed money to sign the player.[11][12] However with the Welsh side 4th from bottom in the league, relegation was confirmed at the end of the season. Bennett made a brief return to the S.League in 2002, playing 11 games for Singapore Armed Forces during their title-winning season.[13] He returned to Wrexham in the 2002-03 season. His second spell was more successful, making 21 appearances, including 3 League Cup games as he helped the club win the FAW Premier Cup and clinch promotion to the Second Division.[14][15] Bennett was offered new terms by Wrexham at the end of the season but chose to reject the contract to return to Singapore to improve his chances of featuring regularly for the national team.[16]

Return to the S.League[edit]

Amid interest from Home United, Tampines Rovers and Woodlands Wellington after his England stint, Bennett signed for defending champions Singapore Armed Forces in mid-2003.[17] He moved to ambitious Woodlands Wellington in 2005, joining his international colleagues Agu Casmir, Itimi Dickson, Goh Tat Chuan and Masrezwan Masturi.[18] Bennett led the team to 3rd place in the 2005 S.League, and 2nd and 3rd placing in the 2005 and 2006 Singapore Cup respectively. After two seasons with the Rams, Bennett rejoined Singapore Armed Forces for a second time, achieving the S.League and Singapore Cup double in 2007 and 2008.

In the 2007 Singapore Cup final won by Singapore Armed Forces on 25 November, Bennett was involved in a clash with Tampines Rovers' Noh Alam Shah, a fellow Singapore national team player towards the end of the match. Noh Alam Shah kneed Bennett in the head in a tussle for the ball and after being dragged away by his team-mates, returned and kicked Bennett in the head.[19] Bennett was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to hospital while Alam Shah was sent off by referee Abas Daud.[20] The incident resulted in Alam Shah receiving a 12-month global ban which was reduced to 7 months on appeal.[21][22][23]

Bennett was handed the club's captaincy in 2012.[24]

International career[edit]

Daniel Bennett at Changi Airport, returning home with the triumphant Singapore team after the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship final.

After deliberating for two years, Bennett received his citizenship under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme and became a naturalised Singapore national footballer.[25] He made his debut under Jan B. Poulsen in a friendly match against Philippines on 11 December 2002.[26] He had a goal disallowed that day, an effort that he still maintains was a legitimate goal. He would score his first international goal against Hong Kong on 4 August 2003.[27] His timely citizenship meant that he took part in the 2002 ASEAN Football Championship in co-hosts Singapore. The Lions failed their target of reaching the final,[28] exiting the competition at the group stage after poor performances by the team, including an abysmal 4-0 loss at home to traditional rivals Malaysia.[29]

Under coach Radojko Avramović, Bennett never missed a call-up to Singapore's tournament squad. He scored with a long-range effort in the 3rd minute of the 2004 finals first leg against Indonesia in front of an intimidating 100,000 Senayan crowd.[30] Singapore went on to win their second title after their 1998 triumph. Bennett completed a hat-trick of titles with tournament wins in 2007 and 2012.

Bennett earned his 100th cap against Thailand on 24 August 2011[31] and was inducted into the FIFA Century Club.[2][nb 2] With his 122nd appearance in the away leg of the 2012 ASEAN Football Championship finals, Bennett surpassed Aide Iskandar and Malek Awab as Singapore's most capped player.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Bennett was born in England. His family moved to Singapore when he was two years old. He was educated in Singapore at Tanglin Trust School and the United World College of South East Asia where his father Andrew was a teacher and later Headmaster until 2004.[3] He graduated with an honours degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University.[33]

Bennett married his fiancee Cherry Cheung, a lady from China whom he met in Singapore, on 5 January 2005.[34][35] They have one child.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 16 April 2014 [36][37][38][39][40][41]
Club Season Premier League President's Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tiong Bahru 1995 - - - - - - - -
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup League Cup ACL AFC Cup Total
Balestier Central 1999 - - - - 0 0
2000 - - - - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tanjong Pagar United 2001 35 0 - - 35 0
Total 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
Club Season Second Division FA Cup League Cup Premier Cup Total
Wrexham 2001-02 6 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup League Cup ACL AFC Cup Total
Singapore
Armed Forces
2002 11 0 - - 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Club Season Third Division FA Cup League Cup Premier Cup Total
Wrexham 2002-03 18 0 - - - - - - - - 18 0
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
England Total 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup League Cup ACL AFC Cup Total
Singapore
Armed Forces
2003 15 0 - - 15 0
2004 27 1 - - 27 1
Total 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
Woodlands Wellington 2005 27 4 - - 27 4
2006 30 0 - - 30 0
Total 57 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 57 4
Singapore
Armed Forces
2007 27 1 - - - - 27 1
2008 31 1 - - - - - - 31 1
2009 32 1 1 0 4 0 8 0 45 1
2010 24 1 1 0 0 0 8 1 33 2
2011 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
2012 19 1 6 0 4 0 29 1
Warriors[nb 1] 2013 26 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
2014 8 0 - - - - 8 0
Total 193 5 12 0 8 0 16 1 6 0 235 6
Singapore Total 338 10 12 0 8 0 16 1 6 0 380 11
Career Total 362 10 12 0 8 0 16 1 6 0 404 11

( - ) indicates unavailable referenced data conforming to reliable sources guidelines.

International[edit]

International goals

No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1[27] 4 August 2003 Kallang, Singapore  Hong Kong 1–0 4–1 Friendly
2[43] 28 January 2004 Kallang, Singapore  Norway 1–2 2–5 Friendly
3[44] 29 December 2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Myanmar 1–0 4–3 2004 ASEAN Football Championship
4[30] 8 January 2005 Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 0–1 1–3 2004 ASEAN Football Championship
5[45] 8 June 2005 Penang, Malaysia  Malaysia 1–2 1–2 Friendly
6[46] 28 December 2006 Bangkok, Thailand  Vietnam 1–1 2–3 2006 King's Cup
7[47] 7 January 2007 Choa Chu Kang, Singapore  Philippines 1–0 4–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Singapore Armed Forces

Wrexham

International[edit]

Singapore

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Singapore Armed Forces were renamed Warriors FC from the 2013 season.
  2. ^ Bennett earned his 128th cap against Jordan on 6 February 2013.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "FIFA Century Club fact sheet". FIFA. 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Eric Ding (13 June 2005). "The rise and rise of Daniel Bennett". Today. p. 41. 
  4. ^ "Counting on a 17-year-old". The Straits Times. 23 April 1995. p. 31. 
  5. ^ Ernest Luis (12 May 2000). "Bennett's a Jaguar now". The Straits Times. p. 66. 
  6. ^ Stanley Ho (24 March 2001). "Jaguars hope Bennett will cut out Cobras' venom". Today. p. 38. 
  7. ^ Stanley Ho (9 February 2002). "Dan's the man for Wrexham". Today. p. 35. 
  8. ^ Philip Allen (8 November 2001). "Bennett's Player of Year". The Straits Times. p. 1. 
  9. ^ Stanley Ho (20 October 2001). "Bennett's off to England". Today. p. 30. 
  10. ^ "Ex-Jaguar star joins Wrexham". Today. 8 February 2002. p. 52. 
  11. ^ Stanley Ho (7 March 2002). "Bennett gets first taste of tough English League". Today. p. 46. 
  12. ^ Stanley Ho (8 February 2002). "Wrexham fans want to sign Singapore PR Bennett, with beer money". Today. p. 52. 
  13. ^ Stanley Ho (4 May 2002). "Player of the Year Bennett signs with league-leading SAFFC". Today. p. 44. 
  14. ^ Stanley Ho (6 April 2004). "English Div 3 clubs keen on Bennett". Today. p. 36. 
  15. ^ "Wrexham is promoted". Today. 28 April 2003. p. 40. 
  16. ^ Stanley Ho (19 May 2003). "Bennett quits". Today. p. 37. 
  17. ^ "Bennett is back to lead SAFFC from the back". The Straits Times. 3 June 2003. p. 6. 
  18. ^ Darren Lai (2 March 2007). "Team is Woodlands' mantra for 2007". Today. p. 65. 
  19. ^ Leonard Lim (26 November 2007). "Alam Shah's red mist mars SAFFC win". The Straits Times. p. 36. 
  20. ^ Marc Lim (29 November 2007). "'He could have crippled me'". The Straits Times. p. 56. 
  21. ^ Wang Meng Meng (11 December 2007). "Alam Shah banned 1 year, fined $2,000". The Straits Times. p. 37. 
  22. ^ Wang Meng Meng (30 January 2008). "Fifa: Alam Shah's ban is worldwide". The Straits Times. p. 35. 
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  27. ^ a b "Lions too friendly". The Straits Times. 5 August 2003. p. 2. 
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  30. ^ a b "Senayan silenced". FAS. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
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