Ben Burgess

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Ben Burgess
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Kieron Burgess
Date of birth (1981-11-09) 9 November 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Buxton, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Oldham Athletic
Stoke City
Everton
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
2000–2001 Northern Spirit (loan) 27 (16)
2001–2002 Brentford (loan) 43 (17)
2002–2003 Stockport County 19 (4)
2003 Oldham Athletic (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2006 Hull City 70 (24)
2006–2010 Blackpool 126 (23)
2010–2012 Notts County 45 (5)
2012 Cheltenham Town (loan) 7 (2)
2012 Tranmere Rovers 0 (0)
Total 346 (91)
National team
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland U18 4 (1)
2001–2002 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Benjamin Kieron "Ben" Burgess (born 9 November 1981 in Buxton, Derbyshire) is a retired English-born Irish footballer best known for his time playing for Hull City and Blackpool. He was capped by the Republic of Ireland at U18 and U21 level.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Burgess began his career with spells as a youth at Oldham Athletic, Stoke City, Everton and joined Blackburn Rovers at age 16,[1] where he stayed until 2002, but made just two league appearances for the club.[2] On 3 October 2000 he went on loan to North Sydney based Northern Spirit in Australia.[2] He scored 16 goals in 27 appearances for the club.[3] In the 2001–02 season he went on loan to Brentford, before moving to Stockport County on 16 July 2002.[2] He had a two-month loan spell at Oldham Athletic from January to March 2003, before signing for Hull City on 27 March.[2]

Hull City[edit]

He became the first Hull City player to score a hat-trick at the KC Stadium on 26 April 2003, in a match against Kidderminster Harriers. He was City's top scorer in their 2003–04 promotion campaign, scoring 18 goals and forming a partnership with Danny Allsopp. However, he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury late in the season in a match against Huddersfield Town and did not appear in Hull's 2004–05 League One campaign until promotion had already been secured, showing sportsmanship by declining to accept any promotion award.[4]

He soon returned to scoring despite playing two levels higher in the Championship, scoring one of two goals in the Tigers' first win of the 2005–06 season at home against Brighton & Hove Albion.[5]

Blackpool[edit]

Burgess joined Blackpool on 31 August 2006, for an initial fee of £25,000, with a further £75,000 paid after he had played 30 games. On 31 October 2006, he scored his first goals for Blackpool when he bagged a brace in a 4–4 draw with Accrington Stanley in the League Trophy.[6] On 27 May 2007, Burgess was an unused substitute in Blackpool's League One play-off final victory over Yeovil Town at Wembley.[7] On 14 August 2007, Burgess, on as a second-half substitute, scored the only goal of the game as Blackpool beat Huddersfield Town in the first round of the League Cup.[8] On 7 May 2008 Blackpool activated an option to extend his contract with the club by one year.[9] On 27 March 2009 Burgess signed a new twelve-month contract with the Seasiders with an option for a further year.[10]

Burgess started the 2009–10 season by scoring in the Seasiders opening day 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on 8 August 2009.[11] His 100th league appearance for the club was as a 61st-minute substitute in a goalless draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on 24 October. He gained his fourth promotion and second with Blackpool in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley on 22 May 2010.[11]

Notts County[edit]

On 2 August 2010 Notts County confirmed the signing of Burgess from Blackpool on a free transfer. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.[12]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 22 March 2012 it was confirmed that Burgess would join Cheltenham Town on loan until the end of the season, scoring the second goal of Cheltenham's play-off semi-final first leg at Whaddon Road against Torquay United with a header from "a full 18 yards".[13]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

On 1 June 2012 it was confirmed that Burgess had joined League One outfit Tranmere Rovers on a two-year deal after turning down a contract offer from Cheltenham Town due to the club having failed to gain promotion from League Two.[14] After just under two months at Tranmere, Burgess decided to leave the club and retire from professional football. He stated that he felt he could no longer give 100% consistently and felt retirement was appropriate at that time. He went on to thank Tranmere for their continued support.

International career[edit]

Although born in England, Burgess qualified to play for both England and Republic of Ireland. Burgess chose to represent Ireland and won caps for the U18 and U21 teams.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Burgess is a Manchester City supporter.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 1999–00[16] First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01[17] 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Northern Spirit (loan) 2000–01[3] National Soccer League 27 16 27 16
Brentford (loan) 2001–02[18] Second Division 43 17 2 1 2 0 4[a] 0 51 18
Stockport County 2002–03[19] Second Division 19 4 2 2 1 0 2[b] 0 24 6
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2002–03[19] Second Division 7 0 7 0
Hull City 2002–03[19] Third Division 7 4 7 4
2003–04[20] 44 18 1 0 1 0 0 0 46 18
2004–05[4] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06[5] Championship 14 2 0 0 1 0 15 2
2006–07[6] 3 0 1 1 4 1
Total 70 24 1 0 3 1 0 0 74 25
Blackpool 2006–07[6] League One 27 2 3 1 1[b] 2 32 5
2007–08[8] Championship 35 9 1 0 1 1 37 10
2008–09[21] 29 6 1 0 1 0 31 6
2009–10[11] 31 6 0 0 2 2 3[22] 0 33 8
Total 126 23 5 1 4 3 4 2 133 29
Notts County 2010–11[23] League One 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 1
2011–12[13] 28 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
Total 45 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 49 5
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2011–12[13] League Two 7 2 3[22] 1 10 3
Career total 346 91 13 4 12 4 13 3 384 102
  1. ^ 3 appearances in Football League play-offs, 1 appearance in Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy.

Post retirement[edit]

Burgess gained a First class honours degree in Sports Journalism in 2009. After the end of the 2007–08 season he spent time at the Blackpool Gazette as a trainee journalist on work experience. In August 2012, after he had retired from playing football he started writing a weekly column about former club Blackpool for the newspaper.[24] In his first column he revealed that he would be studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, with a view to becoming a primary school teacher. He also began working for BBC Radio Lancashire as a summariser for Blackpool home games.[25][26] Burgess began working as a teacher in September 2013, but continues some of his media work.[3]

Honours[edit]

Blackpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brentford Football Club". Archived from the original on 11 August 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Age 36 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Burgess, Ben. "Ben Burgess: Ex-Blackpool and Hull striker on becoming a teacher". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2004/2005 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2005/2006 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Games played by Ben Burgess in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Yeovil 0–2 Blackpool". bbc.co.uk. 27 May 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2007/2008 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Retained List Latest". Blackpool F.C. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Contract Latest". Blackpool F.C. 27 March 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2009/2010 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Curle Confirms Retained List". Notts county FC. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2011/2012 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Tranmere Rovers agree deal for striker Ben Burgess". BBC Sport. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ben Burgess". 11v11.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 1999/2000 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2000/2001 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2001/2002 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2002/2003 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2003/2004 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2008/2009 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Appearances in Football League play-offs.
  23. ^ "Ben Burgess | Football Stats | No Club | Season 2010/2011 | 1998–2012 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ben Burgess signs for The Gazette". Blackpool Gazette. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  25. ^ Maginn, Tom (28 August 2012). "Burgess Planning For Life After Football". Blackpool F.C. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  26. ^ Burgess, Ben (1 September 2012). "Ben Burgess column – It's official, I'm finished". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ivan Ergić
NSL U21 Player of the Year
2000/01
Succeeded by
Joseph Schirripa