Joe Bennett (footballer)

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Joe Bennett
Personal information
Full name Joseph Bennett[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Rochdale, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 3
Youth career
2000–2001 Northallerton Town
2001–2008 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Middlesbrough 85 (1)
2012– Aston Villa 30 (0)
National team
2009 England U19 5 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2011 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:21, 9 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:55, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Joseph "Joe" Bennett (born 28 March 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Aston Villa. Born and brought up in Rochdale, Bennett signed his first professional contract with Middlesbrough prior to the 2008–09 season and is comfortable playing anywhere on the left, although he usually operates as a left-back. He completed his move to Aston Villa on 29 August 2012 for an undisclosed fee.[2] He has been capped at U-19, U-20 and U-21 for England.

Club career[edit]


Bennett was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester but moved to the North East when he was 10. He attended Great Ayton primary school and Stokesley secondary school.[citation needed] He was spotted by Boro scouts while playing for Hungry Jacks of Northallerton as a schoolboy. However, he suffered a setback when being essentially dropped by Boro when in the Under-15s. He had an unsuccessful trial with Newcastle United and after a year back in Sunday league football he was signed on again at the Riverside.[3][4]

Following some impressive performances in the reserves and the pre-season, Bennett secured a two-year professional deal and named in the senior squad for the first time. His progress continued and after appearing in the summer Algarve tournament he was named on the bench for a number of Premier League fixtures. He made his first team debut away to West Ham United in the final game of the 2008–09 season and he was handed a new three-year contract extension in August 2009.

Now a member of the first team, Bennett made his first appearance for the 2009–10 season in the away loss at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, coming on as a substitute in extra time and started his first match, at left back, away at Coventry City.[5] During Gordon Strachan's era as manager at Middlesbrough, Bennett admitted to feeling down with his football. He asked to leave the club on loan but his request was turned down.[6] The arrival of Tony Mowbray saw him become a regular in the first 11, as Mowbray sought Bennett to play a Clichy/Cole role at Middlesbrough.[6] Bennett signed a new 4 and a half-year deal in January 2011, extending his stay until June 2015.[7]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 29 August 2012, after making 84 starts for Middlesbrough in 4 years at the Riverside Stadium,[8] Joe Bennett completed his transfer to Premier League club Aston Villa. The Daily Mail newspaper reported the fee to be £2.75 million.[9] In an interview with the official Aston Villa website Bennett stated this was a dream come true in joining a massive club with a massive fanbase in Aston Villa and was looking forward to playing in front of the Villa Park crowd.[10] He made his debut on 22 September 2012, coming on as a substitute for Eric Lichaj against Southampton.[11]

International career[edit]

Bennett was part of the England under-19 squad at the 2009 European Championships in Ukraine in the summer of 2009. During the group stage matches, he started out on the bench but earned a place in the starting eleven after some strong performances and started in the last group stage match, the semifinal and final. He was due to participate in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup but did not because of club commitments.[12] Bennett received his first U-21 call up after a series of impressive first team performances on 2 February 2011. He went into the squad for the game against Italy U21s.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2013.[14]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2010–11 31 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2011–12 41 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 45 1
Aston Villa 2012–13 25 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 29 0
2013–14 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 115 1 5 0 7 0 0 0 127 1


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