Ben Gibson

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Ben Gibson
Ben Gibson 04-08-2012 1.jpg
Gibson playing for Middlesbrough in 2012
Personal information
Full name Benjamin James Gibson[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Nunthorpe, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
(on loan from Burnley)
Number 34
Youth career
2005–2010 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2018 Middlesbrough 185 (4)
2011Plymouth Argyle (loan) 13 (0)
2012York City (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2013Tranmere Rovers (loan) 20 (0)
2013Tranmere Rovers (loan) 8 (1)
2018– Burnley 1 (1)
2020–Norwich City (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2009–2010 England U17 5 (1)
2011 England U18 1 (0)
2014 England U20 4 (0)
2014–2015 England U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:08, 7 October 2020 (UTC)

Benjamin James Gibson (born 15 January 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Norwich City, on loan from Burnley.

Having graduated from Middlesbrough's Academy, Gibson enjoyed loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, York City and Tranmere Rovers before breaking into the club's first team in 2013. In 2016, he was part of the Middlesbrough team that secured promotion to the Premier League and the following year earned his first call-up to the English national team.

Early and personal life[edit]

Gibson was born in Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire,[4] and attended Nunthorpe School[5] and Yarm School.[6] He is a nephew of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson.[7]

Club career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Gibson joined Middlesbrough's Academy from Marton at the age of 12.[8] He was a member of the Middlesbrough team that won the Nike Cup in 2008 and signed his first professional contract with the club on 1 July 2010.[8] He made his first-team debut as a substitute on 25 April 2011 against Coventry City, coming on in the 41st minute for the injured Andrew Davies, with Middlesbrough going on to win the game 2–1.[9] He finished the 2010–11 season with one appearance for Middlesbrough, and having captained the reserve team to The Football Combination East Division title.[10]

Gibson playing for York City in 2012

Gibson signed a three-month loan deal with League Two club Plymouth Argyle on 2 August 2011.[10] After making 13 appearances in this time, Gibson and both clubs involved agreed on 1 November 2011 to extend the loan deal until 29 January 2012.[7] However, the loan was cut short after Middlesbrough recalled him on 30 November 2011.[11] He signed for Conference Premier club York City on loan until the end of 2011–12 on 9 February 2012.[12] After a promising start Gibson was sent off in the 1–0 away victory to Cambridge United.[13] However, after missing the next four games through suspension he won the 2012 FA Trophy Final with York at Wembley Stadium on 12 May, in which the team beat Newport County 2–0.[14] Eight days later he played in the 2–1 victory over Luton Town in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley on 20 May 2012,[14] seeing the club return to the Football League after an eight-year absence with promotion to League Two.[15] Gibson completed his loan at York with 11 appearances.[14]

On 14 August 2012, Gibson joined League One club Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan.[16] The month was extended until January 2013 the following month, but in December 2012 was ruled out of action with an abductor problem, thus ending the duration of his first loan spell at Rovers.[17][18] He signed a new four-year contract with Middlesbrough on 18 December 2012.[19] On 13 March 2013, Gibson returned on loan to Rovers, until the end of the season.[20]

The 2013–14 season saw Gibson become more involved in the first team squad for Middlesbrough; the team did not perform well, and manager Tony Mowbray was sacked in October 2013.[21] Aitor Karanka replaced him, and they finished twelfth.[22] The following season saw the club finish fourth, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. They reached the final at Wembley Stadium, having won 5–1 on aggregate against Brentford, but were defeated 2–0 by Norwich City.[23] In the 2015–16 season, Gibson helped Middlesbrough secure promotion to the Premier League, having finished as runners-up, behind champions Burnley, in the Championship.[24]

Gibson still remained as a crucial part of Middlesbrough's squad in their 2016–17 Premier League campaign, though they did not record positive results; they dropped into relegation zone in March 2017, with Karanka being sacked later that month.[25][26][27] Their relegation back down to the Championship was confirmed in May 2017, after a 3–0 defeat to champions Chelsea, with the club having only been in the English top flight for one season.[28]

Burnley[edit]

Gibson signed for Premier League club Burnley on 5 August 2018 on a four-year contract for a joint club-record fee of £15 million.[29] He made his first appearance for the Clarets on 16 August, a Europa League third qualifying round second leg affair, which saw Burnley victorious over Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir, in a 1–0 success, where Gibson also received a yellow card.[30] Gibson then appeared in their next European fixture the following week, a 3–1 defeat to Greek club Olympiacos, in which he was sent off for a second bookable offence.[31] He made his Premier League debut for the club on 26 December 2018, in which he scored Burnley's only goal of the match, which was a 5–1 defeat to Everton.[32]

Gibson made just one appearance during the 2019–20 season, starting in a 3–1 loss to Sunderland in round 3 of the EFL Cup.[33] In February 2020, Gibson was permitted by the club to train with former club Middlesbrough after informing the club his desire to leave in January.[34]

Norwich City (loan)[edit]

On 4 September 2020, Gibson joined EFL Championship club Norwich City on a season-long loan.[35]

International career[edit]

Gibson has competed for the England under-17s, the under-18s, the under-20s and the under-21s.[36] He was part of the under-17 teams that won the 2009 Nordic Cup, where he scored in the final against Scotland,[37] and the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[8]

Gibson made his debut for England under-21s in the first leg of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification play-offs against Croatia[38] on the back of an impressive campaign for Middlesbrough. His performances made him a key member of the under-21 set up and he formed an effective partnership with John Stones. Gibson scored his first goal for the under-21s in England's final friendly before the European Championships against Belarus.[39] He went on to play 90 minutes in all of England's three group stage matches in the tournament although could not stop their disappointing early departure.[40][41][42]

Gibson received his first call-up to the English national team on 24 March 2017, replacing the injured Chris Smalling for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.[43]

Style of play[edit]

Gibson plays at centre back or left back.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 October 2020
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
Middlesbrough 2009–10[44] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[45] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[46] Championship 0 0 0 0
2012–13[47] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[48] Championship 31 1 1 0 1 0 33 1
2014–15[49] Championship 36 0 2 0 0 0 3[a] 0 41 0
2015–16[50] Championship 33 1 0 0 3 0 36 1
2016–17[51] Premier League 38 1 2 0 1 0 41 1
2017–18[52] Championship 45 1 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 50 1
2018–19[53] Championship 0 0 0 0
Total 185 4 7 0 6 0 5 0 203 4
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2011–12[46] League Two 13 0 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 16 0
York City (loan) 2011–12[14] Conference Premier 8 0 3[c] 0 11 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2012–13[47] League One 28 1 2 0 2 0 1[b] 0 33 1
Burnley 2018–19[53] Premier League 1 1 2 0 0 0 2[d] 0 5 1
2019–20[54] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 6 1
Norwich City (loan) 2020–21[55] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 236 6 12 0 10 0 12 0 270 6
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, one in Conference Premier play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

York City

Middlesbrough

References[edit]

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