Ben Hamer

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Ben Hamer
Hamer 23-08-2008.jpg
Hamer playing for Brentford in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Benjamin John Hamer[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Chard, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2006 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Reading 0 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 45 (0)
2007–2008 Brentford (loan) 20 (0)
2008–2009 Brentford (loan) 45 (0)
2010–2011 Brentford (loan) 10 (0)
2011 Exeter City (loan) 18 (0)
2011–2014 Charlton Athletic 114 (0)
2014– Leicester City 8 (0)
2015 Nottingham Forest (loan) 0 (0)
2015 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:41, 17 November 2015 (UTC).


Benjamin John "Ben" Hamer (born 20 November 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Leicester City as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hamer was born in Chard, Somerset and is a Bristol City fan.[2] His family moved to Germany at the age of 3 and, consequently, he is a fluent German speaker. However, when he was 8, his family came back to England. He attended Holyrood Community School in Chard which is near to his birthplace. His footballing ability led to a spell playing for Somerset at county level, where he was spotted by a Reading scout. He signed for Reading at the age of 15.[citation needed]

Reading[edit]

Loan to Crawley Town[edit]

Having risen through the youth academy at Reading, Hamer went on loan to Crawley Town for the 2006–07 season, where he missed just one league game and was named as Player of the Season.[3]

Loans to Brentford[edit]

On 4 July 2007, Hamer signed a new one-year contract to keep him at Reading until the end of the 2007–08 season.[4] He joined Brentford in an initial one-month loan deal on 11 August 2007,[5] which was subsequently extended to 14 October 2007.[6] Brentford re-signed Hamer in an emergency loan deal on 1 January 2008, following an injury to their first choice 'keeper, Simon Brown.[7] On 28 January 2008, his loan was extended to the end of the 2007–08 season.[8]

He signed a new one-year deal with Reading and returned to Brentford for a third loan spell on a season-long loan on 17 June, and was Andy Scott's first choice goalkeeper for the 2008–09 season, in which Brentford were champions of League Two.[9] As well as winning a League Two Champions medal, Hamer also won the Puma Golden Glove award for League 2 having recorded 20 clean sheets within the season.[10] He was also the only Brentford player to successfully hit the crossbar in Soccer AM's Crossbar Challenge.

On 18 June 2009, Hamer signed a new two-year contract and was expected to jostle with Adam Federici for the Number 1 jersey. On 31 August, Hamer was loaned back to Brentford for a fourth spell with the Bees.[11][12]

Loan to Exeter City[edit]

On 18 January 2011, Hamer joined League One side Exeter City on a three-month loan deal.[13] Hamer made his Exeter City debut against Walsall on 22 January 2011.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 1 August 2011, Hamer joined Charlton Athletic on a three-year contract and was immediately handed the number one jersey.[14] He made his debut on 23 August 2011 against his former club Reading in the League Cup first round and helped Charlton to a 2 – 1 win. After some initial nervous performances he cemented his place in the team, making crucial saves throughout Charlton's title winning League One campaign.[citation needed] He clinched promotion to the Championship with Chris Powell's side in April 2012, with a 1 – 0 win over Carlisle United and has continued to play regularly for the Addicks during the 2012–13 season but due to recent injuries, has played fewer matches in the 2013–14 season.

Leicester City[edit]

After several weeks of strong speculation about Hamer's move to Leicester City, it was finally confirmed on 22 May 2014, by Hamer himself on social media. Hamer says he made the move to the newly promoted Foxes for the chance to play Premier League football.[15] He made his debut in a 1-0 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town in a Capital One Cup second round tie. Following an injury to Kasper Schmeichel whilst on international duty, Hamer made his Premier League debut on 13 September, putting in a very good performance and keeping a clean sheet as Leicester secured a 1–0 win at Stoke City, their first victory since returning to the Premier League.[16]

He played his second game for Leicester against Premier League champions, Manchester City in a 0-1 home defeat on 13 December. After playing 7 games for Leicester, Hamer lost his place when on 6 January 2015, Leicester signed experienced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea to help cover for the injured Kasper Schmeichel.[17] In the 2016-17 season, Hamer started Leicester's sixth Champions League group game, giving him his champions league debut. Leicester lost 5-0. [18]

Loan to Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 25 July 2015, Hamer joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan deal.[19] However, he returned to Leicester on 4 August after the loan was cut short due to Nottingham Forest's financial issues.[20]

Loan to Bristol City[edit]

On 11 August 2015, Hamer joined Championship side Bristol City on season-long loan deal.[21] However, he returned to Leicester City on 17 November 2015 after making only five appearances for the club.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 December 2016
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2006–07[23] FA Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[24] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[25] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[26] Championship 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
2010–11[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Crawley Town (loan) 2006–07[28] Conference National 45 0 1 0 1[a] 0 47 0
Brentford (loan) 2007–08[24] League Two 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09[25] League Two 45 0 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 49 0
2010–11[27] League One 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 75 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 80 0
Exeter City (loan) 2010–11[27] League One 18 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 19 0
Charlton Athletic 2011–12[29] League One 41 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 42 0
2012–13[30] Championship 41 0 0 0 1 0 42 0
2013–14[31] Championship 32 0 3 0 2 0 37 0
Total 114 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 121 0
Leicester City 2014–15[32] Premier League 8 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Bristol City (loan) 2015–16[33] Championship 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Leicester City 2016–17[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 1 0
Career totals 264 0 8 0 12 0 4 0 288 0
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Brentford
Charlton Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Ben Hamer can't wait for Charlton derby test". southlondon-today.co.uk/Sport. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Osano impresses as a number of youngsters benefit from current loans". readingfc.co.uk. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Four new contracts agreed". readingfc.co.uk. 4 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 7 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Royals agree another loan move". readingfc.co.uk. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Youngster loan deal extended". readingfc.co.uk. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Ben returns". brentfordfc.co.uk. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-04. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Ben's Loan Extended". brentfordfc.co.uk. 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Hamer signs deal & makes loan move". readingfc.co.uk. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Ben scoops award". brentfordfc.co.uk. 21 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-05-26. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hamer signs two-year deal". readingfc.co.uk. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Exeter City sign Reading keeper Ben Hamer on loan". getbracknell.co.uk. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ben Hamer signs new Reading FC deal". BBC Sport. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Keeper captured". Charlton Athletic. 1 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-09-19. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Delighted To Have Joined @OfficialFoxes". Ben Hamer. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stoke 0–1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Leicester City Sign Mark Schwarzer". Leicester City F.C. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38226552.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Reds secure Hamer". Nottingham Forest F.C. 25 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Leicester City goalkeeper Ben Hamer returns from Nottingham Forest loan over financial issues". Leicester Mercury. 4 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Hamer joins for the season". Bristol City FC. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Hamer heads back to Leicester". Bristol City FC. 17 November 2015. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2006/2007". Preston North End Mad. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Crawley Town 2–3 Lewes". Crawley Town Mad. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Ben Hamer in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. 

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