Ben Davies (footballer, born 1995)

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Ben Davies
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Davies with Preston North End in 2016
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Keith Davies[1]
Date of birth (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 (age 21)[1]
Place of birth Barrow, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 20
Youth career
0000–2013 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Preston North End 7 (0)
2013–2014 York City (loan) 44 (0)
2014 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2015 Southport (loan) 9 (0)
2016 Newport County (loan) 19 (0)
2017 Fleetwood Town (loan) 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:14, 18 May 2017 (UTC).

Benjamin Keith Davies (born 11 August 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Preston North End. He has had loan spells with York City, Tranmere Rovers, Southport and Newport County and Fleetwood Town.

Career[edit]

Born in Barrow, Cumbria,[1] Davies signed with the youth system at Preston North End after being spotted playing for Furness Rovers aged 11.[3] He made his debut for the first team in a home 2–2 draw against Coventry City on 26 January 2013 at the age of 17 years, completing 83 minutes before being replaced by David Buchanan.[4] During the match, he provided an assist for Nicky Wroe's 60th-minute equaliser and picked up a yellow card for a foul on Cyrus Christie.[4][5] He drew praise from Preston manager Graham Westley, who likened Davies' transition into the first team to that of George Boyd at Stevenage.[5] Davies kept his place for the next match at home against Shreswbury Town.[4] His second match did not go as well as his debut, conceding a 90th-minute penalty (for which he picked up a booking), fouling Marvin Morgan in the penalty box.[4][6] He was substituted shortly after for Paul Huntington, with Preston to ultimately lose the match.[6] He signed a one-year professional contract at Preston, with an option to extend for a second year, in May 2013, after being named the club's Scholar of the Year for the 2012–13 season.[7]

Davies joined League Two club York City on 19 July 2013 on a one-month loan.[8] He made his debut in a 1–0 home win over Northampton Town on 3 August 2013, in the first match of 2013–14.[9] On 15 August 2013, his loan was extended until January 2014,[10] having appeared in York's opening two matches.[9]

Davies joined Tranmere Rovers of League Two on 19 September 2014 on a one-month loan[11] and made his debut a day later in a 2–1 home defeat to Exeter City.[12] He played in four matches for Tranmere, returning to Preston once the loan ended on 22 October 2014.[13] He joined National League club Southport on a one-month loan on 11 September 2015,[14] and made his debut a day later in a 2–1 away defeat to Forest Green Rovers.[15] Davies was recalled by Preston on 20 October 2015, to provide cover for injured defensive players,[16] having made nine appearances for Southport.[15]

On 7 January 2016, Davies joined Newport County of League Two on a one-month youth loan,[17] subsequently extended until the end of 2015–16.[18] On 2 January 2017, Davies joined League One club Fleetwood Town on loan for the remainder of 2016–17.[19] He made his debut for the club on the same day, starting a 1–0 away win over Shrewsbury Town.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Davies after a York City match in 2013
As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Preston North End 2012–13[4] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014–15[12] League One 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2015–16[21] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2016–17[22] Championship 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 12 0
York City (loan) 2013–14[9] League Two 44 0 3[a] 0 47 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2014–15[12] League Two 3 0 1[b] 0 4 0
Southport (loan) 2015–16[15] National League 9 0 9 0
Newport County (loan) 2015–16[21] League Two 19 0 1 0 20 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2016–17[22] League One 22 1 2 0 2[c] 0 26 1
Career total 104 1 3 0 5 0 6 0 118 1
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in League Two play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ben Davies". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "York City FC player profiles: Ben Davies". York City F.C. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barrow boy Ben's dream PNE debut". North-West Evening Mail. Barrow. 28 January 2013. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Games played by Ben Davies in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "PNE youngster set for the top". Lancashire Evening Post. Preston. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Preston 1–2 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Davies targeting regular PNE spot". Lancashire Evening Post. Preston. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "York City bring in Preston defender Ben Davies on loan". BBC Sport. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "Games played by Ben Davies in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ben Davies on Twitter". Twitter. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tranmere Rovers: Ben Davies joins from Preston on loan". BBC Sport. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c "Games played by Ben Davies in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Davies loan spell ends". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ben Davies: Preston North End defender joins Southport on loan". BBC Sport. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c "B. Davies". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ben Davies heads back to Preston". Sky Sports. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  17. ^ Seddon, Dave (7 January 2016). "PNE defender joins Newport". Lancashire Evening Post. Preston. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Newport County to keep Preston's Ben Davies for season". BBC Sport. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Ben Davies signs on loan from Preston North End". Fleetwood Town F.C. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Report: Fleetwood start 2017 with a great win at Shrewsbury". Fleetwood Town F.C. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Ben Davies in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Ben Davies in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 

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