Tom Bender (footballer)

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Tom Bender
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Bender[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Harlow, England[2]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Dartford
Number 2
Youth career
2009–2011 Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Colchester United 1 (0)
2011–2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Chelmsford City (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Millwall 0 (0)
2014 Welling United (loan) 11 (0)
2014– Dartford 14 (0)
National team
2008 Wales U15
2008 Wales U16
2009–2010 Wales U17 5 (1)
2010–2012 Wales U19 6 (1)
2010– Wales U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:46, 21 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:41, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Bender (born 19 January 1993) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for Dartford. He has represented Wales at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.

Club career[edit]

Colchester United[edit]

Bender is a product of the Colchester United academy. He made his senior debut on 19 September 2009 for Colchester in a 2–0 win against Hartlepool United,[3] becoming the second youngest player ever to represent the club at 16 years and 243 days, just 26 days older than the record holder Lindsay Smith.[4] Bender was named on the bench for six further games that season against Tranmere Rovers, Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City, Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town. On 19 January 2010, Bender signed his first professional contract until the summer of 2012.[5]

On 12 June 2012, Bender signed a 12-month extension with Colchester following a season plagued by injury, including his high-profile head injury while on loan at Accrington Stanley and a hamstring tear in February 2012.[6]

On 30 August 2011 Bender joined Football League Two club Accrington Stanley on a season-long loan deal. He was given shirt number 20 and made his debut as a substitute against Barnet, and had his first career start came against Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy.

On 4 October 2011, Bender was involved in a three-way collision in a match in the 39th minute between Ian Dunbavin of Accrington Stanley and Lucas Akins of Tranmere Rovers in a Football League Trophy match between the two teams.[7] The match was subsequently abandoned because of the seriousness of the injury. Having received a full blow from his own keeper's fist, he was rushed to hospital for a brain scan. Despite unfounded rumours that he had broken his neck, Bender regained consciousness in hospital and only suffered severe concussion. On 24 February 2012, Bender returned to Colchester early due to a hamstring tear injury.[6]

On 30 November 2012, Bender and teammate Bradley Hamilton joined Chelmsford City on loan until 7 January 2013.[8]

Bender was released from his Colchester contract by mutual consent on 31 January 2013.[9]

Millwall[edit]

On 27 March 2013, Bender was signed by Millwall on a one-year contract, having been on trial with the club and appearing in their development squad.[10]

Dartford[edit]

On 26 September 2014, Bender was signed by Dartford on a free transfer until the end of the season 2014/15 season.[11]

International career[edit]

Born in England, Bender instead chose to represent Wales and has represented them at every level up to under-21 level.

Under 17[edit]

He made his debut for the Wales under-17 side in September 2009, playing in the opening two matches in the qualifying round of the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, a 3–2 win over Iceland and a 2–2 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina.[12][13]

Bender was called up for the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Elite Round on 10 March 2010[14] but withdrew from the squad due to first team commitments with Colchester.[15]

Bender was called up by the Wales under-17 side for a friendly tournament in Sweden from 20 – 24 July.[16] Bender captained Wales for the first game of the tournament against Iceland, Wales lost the game 2–1.[17][18] Bender was also captain for the second game of the tournament against Norway in which he scored his first international goal, Wales drew 1–1.[19][20] Bender also played in the third and final game of the tournament a 1 – 1 draw with Sweden.[21][22]

Under 19[edit]

Bender was called up for the Wales under-19 side on 18 April for a friendly against Northern Ireland.[23] But he didn't feature in the game.

On 10 October 2010 Bender was called up for three 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualification games against Turkey, Iceland and Kazakhstan.[24] Bender played in the 3 – 3 draw against Turkey.[25] He also came on as a sub against Iceland[26] and Kazakhstan.[27]

Bender was named in a squad for a warm-weather training camp from 3 to 8 April 2011.[28]

Bender was called up for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification matches in Norway.[29] Bender withdrew from the squad to finish the season with Colchester.

In September 2011 Bender was involved in three games in the Qualifying round of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He captained the team against Belgium but was subbed off,[30] He played the full 90 minutes as captain against Scotland[31] and in the third game he came off the bench to score against Slovenia.[32]

Under 21[edit]

Bender was called up as a stand-by player for the Wales under-21 side for a friendly against Malta on 10 August 2010.[33] He was named on the bench for the game, coming on to make his debut as a substitute in place of David Stephens.[34]

Bender was also named in the squad for 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 3 matches against Italy and Hungary.[35] But he didn't feature in those games.

Bender was put on the Stand-By list for a friendly against Austria on 17 November.[36] Bender was called up on 15 November to be part of the squad for the friendly against Austria.[37] Bender came on as a 79th minute sub against Austria as Wales won the game 1 – 0.[38]

Bender was once again called up for the Under 21's this time for a friendly against Northern Ireland on 9 February 2011.[39] He came on as a substitute in the 56th minute.[40]

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Bender was called up for a 2013 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying match against Andorra on 29 March 2011,[41] He was named on the bench for this game.[42] but was unused.[43]

Bender was called up for a friendly on 10 August vs Hungary.[44] He came on as a sub for this game.[45]

Bender was named as Stand-By player for a qualifier against Montenegro.[46]

Tom was once again called up for the Under 21's, this time for a qualifier against Andorra.[47] Bender withdrew from the squad due to injury.[48]

Bender was named on the Stand-By list for Geraint Williams' first two matches in charge, the first a friendly against Armenia[49] and the second a 2013 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying match against Czech Republic.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colchester United 2009–10[50] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[51] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2011–12[52] League Two 2 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
Chelmsford City (loan) 2012–13[53] Conference South 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Welling United (loan) 2013–14[54] Conference Premier 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Dartford 2014–15[55] Conference Premier 14 0 3 0 1[b] 0 18 0
Career total 30 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b "Tom Bender expresses his relief at signing new U's deal". EADT. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ Fazackerley, Karen (4 October 2010). "Accrington match called off after Tom Bender head injury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Clarets Complete Double Loan Capture". Blue Square South. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
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  51. ^ "Colchester 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  52. ^ "Accrington 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  53. ^ "Wales – T. Bender – Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  54. ^ "Welling United 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 September 2014.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  55. ^ "Dartford 2014/2015 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 September 2014.  Select season required via dropdown menu.

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