Ben Greenhalgh

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Ben Greenhalgh
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-04-16) 16 April 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Orpington, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder, striker
Club information
Current team
Tonbridge Angels (on loan from Dartford)
Youth career
0000–2010 Welling United
2010–2011 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Welling United 1 (0)
2010–2011 Internazionale 0 (0)
2010Como (loan) 12 (8)
2012 Welling United 16 (1)
2012–2013 Ebbsfleet United 10 (0)
2013 Maidstone United 3 (0)
2013 Concord Rangers 11 (3)
2013–2014 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 6 (0)
2014Stenhousemuir (loan) 6 (3)
2014–2015 Maidstone United 46 (9)
2015–2016 Concord Rangers 42 (13)
2016–2017 Maidstone United 21 (2)
2017Hemel Hempstead Town (loan) 18 (3)
2017 Hemel Hempstead Town 11 (1)
2017–2018 Concord Rangers 27 (5)
2018– Dartford 54 (7)
2019–Tonbridge Angels (loan) 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:10, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Ben James Greenhalgh (born 16 April 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Tonbridge Angels on loan from Dartford as a midfielder or striker.[1] He is noted for winning the football reality show Football's Next Star, where he won a contract at Italian giants Inter Milan.

Career[edit]

Football's Next Star[edit]

Greenhalgh, from Orpington, who played for the Welling United youth team, was featured in the Sky One show Football's Next Star and impressed judges in the trial game after laying on a perfect cross for Hicham Abdellah to head home. At the end of the opening episode, the judges presented the Inter Milan shirt to ten players who would travel to Italy to compete for their dream of a professional contract in later episodes.[2]

After 20,000 entries to the show and eight episodes, Greenhalgh was given the shirt and revealed as the winner of Football's Next Star 2010, receiving a professional six-month contract with Inter Milan.[3]

Back in the United Kingdom[edit]

After his six-month professional contract at Inter Milan came to an end, Greenhalgh was offered another year from the Italian giants which included a four-month loan spell to Calcio Como, where he scored eight goals from 12 games.[4] After his contract was up, he returned to the UK and spent time at Brighton & Hove Albion,[5] as well as a spell at Birmingham City, where he was advised to play first team football in the Conference to gain experience in the English game. He signed for non-League club Welling United in December,[6] before later joining Ebbsfleet United[7] and Maidstone United.[8]

In June 2013 he transferred to Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[9] This was due to happen in February 2013, however international clearance stopped Greenhalgh from leaving England until the 2013–14 season.

Having played only six first-team games for Inverness, Greenhalgh was loaned to Scottish League One club Stenhousemuir for the final six games of the season.[10]

In June 2014 it was reported that Inverness had opted not to offer Greenhalgh a further contract, with manager John Hughes stating that he could not guarantee Greenhalgh first-team football. He currently coaches at football training camps, run by Skills Academy Director Mike Delaney[11]

It was announced on 22 June 2015, that Greenhalgh had signed for National League South side Concord Rangers, returning to a club where he had made a big impact during the run-in of the 2012–13 season, winning both the Isthmian League Cup, and the Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs.[12]

On 26 May 2016, it was announced that Greenhalgh had signed for Maidstone United again.[13] He was released by Maidstone a year later in May 2017. He was immediately signed by National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town, who had Greenhalgh on loan towards the back end of the 2016–17 season.

On 24 May 2018, it was announced that Greenhalgh had signed for Dartford.[14]

On 8 November 2019, it was announced that Greenhalgh had signed for Tonbridge Angels on an initial month's loan.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 October 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Welling United 2009–10[16] Conference South 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Inter Milan 2010–11[17] Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Como (loan) 2010–11[18] Lega Pro Prima Divisione Group A 12 8 0 0 12 8
Welling United 2011–12[16] Conference South 16 1 0 0 16 1
Ebbsfleet United 2012–13[19] Conference Premier 10 0 1 0 1[a] 0 12 0
Maidstone United 2012–13[16] Isthmian League Division One South 3 0 3 0
Concord Rangers 2012–13[16] Isthmian League Premier Division 11 3 11 3
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2013–14[19] Scottish Premiership 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Stenhousemuir (loan) 2013–14[19] Scottish League One 6 3 6 3
Maidstone United 2014–15[20] Isthmian League Premier Division 46 9 5 3 4[b] 1 55 13
Concord Rangers 2015–16[16] National League South 42 13 1 0 2[a] 1 45 14
Maidstone United 2016–17[19] National League 21 2 2 0 2[a] 1 25 3
Hemel Hempstead Town (loan) 2016–17[19] National League South 18 3 18 3
Hemel Hempstead Town 2017–18[19] National League South 11 1 2 0 0 0 13 1
Concord Rangers 2017–18[19] National League South 27 5 1[a] 0 28 5
Dartford 2018–19[19] National League South 42 4 2 0 3[a][c] 0 47 4
2019–20[19] National League South 12 3 3 0 0 0 15 3
Dartford total 54 7 5 0 0 0 3 0 62 7
Tonbridge Angels (loan) 2019–20[19] National League South 0 0 0 0
Career total 284 55 16 3 0 0 13 3 313 61
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, two appearances and one goal in Alan Turvey Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Kent Senior Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player News: Ben Greenhalgh". Dartford FC official website. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 12 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Welling teenager Ben Greenhalgh joins Inter Milan after winning Sky TV programme Football's Next Star". Kent Online. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ "ENGLISH LAD GREENHALGH MAKING STRIDES AT INTER MILAN". Tribal Football. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  5. ^ Owen, Brian (17 March 2011). "Gus: It's not my call". The Argus. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ Hoad, Alex (16 February 2012). "Welling United's Ben Greenhalgh is glad to be back where it all started following time at Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan". Kent Online. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Ebbsfleet sign Ben Greenhalgh and give Aaron Williams a deal". BBC Sport. 10 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Stones bring in Greenhalgh". Maidstone United. 11 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  9. ^ Dewar, Heather (3 June 2013). "Inverness sign trio, including reality TV star Ben Greenhalgh". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Preview. Home v St Mirren". ICTFC.com. Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  11. ^ ""It doesn't matter who we get. We just want to get going again" - Hughes". Inverness Courier. Scottish Provincial Press. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  12. ^ http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/2015/06/greenhalgh-signs-for-concord-rangers/
  13. ^ http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/2016/05/greenhalgh-gets-back-to-the-gallagher/
  14. ^ "Player News: Ben Greenhalgh". Dartford FC official website. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Player Update: Ben Greenhalgh". Dartford FC official website. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Ben Greenhalgh Profile". Aylesbury United. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Ben Greenhalgh – I love a trick or five!". Concord Rangers Official Site. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Ben Greenhalgh – I love a trick or five!". Concord Rangers Official Site. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "B. Greenhalgh". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Midfield trio take up new deals". Maidstone United Official Site. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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