Ben Muirhead

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Ben Muirhead
Ben Muirhead in 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Muirhead
Date of birth (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Retford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Manchester United 0 (0)
2002 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2003–2007 Bradford City 112 (4)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 12 (3)
2007–2008 Rochdale 31 (0)
2008–2009 Alfreton Town
2009 Farsley Celtic
2009 King's Lynn 5 (0)
2009–2010 Harrogate Town 8 (1)
2010 Buxton
2010–2011 Armthorpe Welfare
2011–2013 Buxton
2013–2014 Retford United
2014– Armthorpe Welfare
Teams managed
2015– Armthorpe Welfare (Assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:27, 15 August 2015 (UTC).

Benjamin "Ben" Muirhead (born 5 January 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a winger for Armthorpe Welfare. He started his career with Manchester United, but after he was released without playing a game he moved to Bradford City. He played more than 100 games in four years at Bradford, before he moved to Rochdale, initially on loan. After leaving Rochdale, Muirhead dropped into non-league, where he has played for Alfreton Town, Farsley Celtic, King's Lynn, Harrogate Town and Buxton .


Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Muirhead was a highly rated youngster and played for England schoolboys, including playing against an Argentina Under-15 squad starring Carlos Tevez at Wembley. After beginning his career at Manchester United where he failed to make a first team appearance, he moved to Bradford City. He then moved to Rochdale on loan and scored on his debut versus Notts County, which Rochdale went on to win 2–1. Muirhead caught the eye of many League Two pundits during his loan spell and it was a disappointment when Bantams caretaker boss David Wetherall recalled him.

He was released by Bradford City in May 2007. The following month, he signed a permanent deal with League Two outfit Rochdale. He scored the winning penalty as Rochdale reached the play-off final after defeating Darlington.[1] In June 2008, he was transfer listed by Rochdale. Muirhead left the club on 31 July by mutual consent, stating a wish to play higher up the Football League.[2]

Muirhead was given a trial with Darlington,[3] but in August 2008, he instead signed for Conference North side Alfreton Town under the management of Nicky Law, who had brought Muirhead to Bradford.[4] After a month with the club, he was rewarded for a string of good performances by being given a one-year contract.[5] He was released after one season with Alfreton because he required an operation which would keep him out of action for eight months.[6] He signed for Conference North side Farsley Celtic at the end of August 2009. He moved onto King's Lynn before signing for Harrogate Town in December 2009.[7] Muirhead's time at Harrogate Town would prove to be a very short one as on 8 March 2010, he left the CNG stadium and signed for Buxton F.C.

In June 2015 Muirhead was announced as an assistant manager at Armthorpe Welfare, alongside his role as a player there.[8]


  1. ^ "Rochdale 2–1 Darlington (agg 3–3)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Muirhead leaves Rochdale". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Stoddart, Craig (5 August 2008). "Last chance for Darlington trialists". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Miles, Kev (9 August 2008). "Alfreton Town sign two more on eve of season opener". Ripley & Heanor News. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "One-year deal for Muirhead". Derbyshire Times. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Reds in double swoop – Alfreton Town FC". Derbyshire Times. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Town ready themselves for Farsley". Nidderdale Herald. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM UNVEILED". Armthorpe Welfare F.C. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 

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