|Full name||Ben Greenhalgh|
|Date of birth||16 April 1992|
|Place of birth||Orpington, England|
|2010||→ Como (loan)||12||(8)|
|2013–2014||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||6||(0)|
|2014||→ Stenhousemuir (loan)||6||(3)|
|2017||→ Hemel Hempstead Town (loan)||18||(4)|
|2017||Hemel Hempstead Town||11||(4)|
|2019–2020||→ Tonbridge Angels (loan)||16||(4)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:10, 23 April 2022 (UTC)|
Ben James Greenhalgh (born 16 April 1992) is an English footballer and golfer who plays as a midfielder or striker for Margate. He is noted for winning the football reality show Football's Next Star, where he won a contract at Italian giants Inter Milan.
Football's Next Star
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.
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.
Back in the United Kingdom
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. Despite never playing a senior game during his time with Inter Milan, Greenhalgh was presented with a Champions League Winners medal after being part of the travelling squad for the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. After his contract was up, he returned to the UK and spent time at Brighton & Hove Albion, 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, before later joining Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United.
In June 2013 he transferred to Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle. This was due to happen in February 2013, however international clearance stopped Greenhalgh from leaving England until the 2013–14 season.
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
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.
On 26 May 2016, it was announced that Greenhalgh had signed for Maidstone United again. 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 8 November 2019, it was announced that Greenhalgh had signed for Tonbridge Angels on an initial month's loan. His loan was then extended until 4 January 2020. On 7 January 2020, it was announced that Greenhalgh had left Dartford by mutual consent. The following day, Greenhalgh signed permanently for Tonbridge Angels.
As of October 2020, Greenhalgh is currently academy manager at Dartford. In 2015 he became a professional golfer and joined the PGA circuit, playing in one-day golf tournaments while continuing to play semi-professional football.
In 2022 Ben was appointed coach for the year 6 football team at Crofton Junior School which he has taken them to the final of Bromley schools cup 2022
- As of match played 23 April 2022
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Welling United||2009–10||Conference South||1||0||0||0||—||0||0||1||0|
|Inter Milan||2010–11||Serie A||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0|
|Como (loan)||2010–11||Lega Pro Prima Divisione Group A||12||8||0||0||—||—||12||8|
|Welling United||2011–12||Conference South||16||3||—||—||0||0||16||3|
|Ebbsfleet United||2012–13||Conference Premier||10||1||1||0||—||1[a]||0||12||1|
|Maidstone United||2012–13||Isthmian League Division One South||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|Concord Rangers||2012–13||Isthmian League Premier Division||11||5||—||—||—||11||5|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||2013–14||Scottish Premiership||6||0||0||0||0||0||—||6||0|
|Stenhousemuir (loan)||2013–14||Scottish League One||6||3||—||—||—||6||3|
|Maidstone United||2014–15||Isthmian League Premier Division||46||10||5||3||—||4[b]||1||55||14|
|Concord Rangers||2015–16||National League South||42||13||1||0||—||2[a]||1||45||14|
|Maidstone United||2016–17||National League||21||2||2||0||—||2[a]||1||25||3|
|Hemel Hempstead Town (loan)||2016–17||National League South||18||4||—||—||—||18||4|
|Hemel Hempstead Town||2017–18||National League South||11||4||2||0||—||0||0||13||4|
|Concord Rangers||2017–18||National League South||27||8||—||—||1[a]||0||28||8|
|Dartford||2018–19||National League South||42||4||2||0||—||3[a][c]||0||47||4|
|2019–20||National League South||12||3||3||0||—||0||0||15||3|
|Tonbridge Angels (loan)||2019–20||National League South||8||1||—||—||—||8||1|
|Tonbridge Angels||2019–20||National League South||7||1||—||—||—||7||1|
|2020–21||National League South||11||1||4||2||—||1[a]||0||16||3|
|Tonbridge Angels total||26||3||4||2||0||0||1||0||31||5|
|Margate||2021–22||Isthmian League Premier Division||42||18||3||0||—||10[a][d][c]||6||55||24|
- Welling United
- Kent Senior Cup: 2008-09
- Brighton & Hove Albion
- Sussex Senior Cup: 2011-12
- Concord Rangers
- Isthmian League Cup: 2012-13
- Concord Rangers
- Isthmian League Play-off Final: 2012-13
- Maidstone United
- Isthmian League: 2014-15
- Concord Rangers
- Essex Senior Cup: 2015-16
- Concord Rangers
- National League South Team-of-the-Season: 2015-16
-  Archived 12 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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