Ben Tozer

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Ben Tozer
Ben Tozer 03-08-2013 1.jpg
Tozer playing for Northampton Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ben Peter Anthony Tozer[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 12
Youth career
2005–2007 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Swindon Town 7 (0)
2008–2011 Newcastle United 2 (0)
2010 Northampton Town (loan) 5 (1)
2010–2011 Northampton Town (loan) 26 (2)
2011–2015 Northampton Town 142 (3)
2013 Colchester United (loan) 1 (0)
2015–2016 Yeovil Town 26 (0)
2016– Newport County 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:08, 19 January 2017 (UTC).

Ben Peter Anthony Tozer (born 1 March 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays for Newport County as a defensive midfielder.

Career[edit]

Swindon Town[edit]

Born in Plymouth, Tozer began his career as a youth player at his local club Plymouth Argyle, where he studied for a BTEC National Diploma in Sport at City College Plymouth and was part of the College's Football Development Centre. Former Argyle youth coach David Byrne, who by this point had taken up a similar role at Swindon Town persuaded the Tozer family to allow Ben to join him in Wiltshire alongside fellow Argyle youngster Ben Joyce.

On 14 August 2007, Tozer made a surprise full debut for Swindon as a makeshift left-back in the League Cup match with Charlton Athletic.

In November 2007 Tozer started a 4-day trial with Everton, returning in time for Swindon's FA Cup game with Forest Green.[3][4] This led the club's confirmed speculation that the club keen to sign Tozer.[5]

Newcastle United[edit]

Tozer moved to Newcastle United on 7 January 2008, penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the club.[6]

On 11 May, against Everton, Tozer was named on the substitutes bench, but did not play. On 22 September 2009, Tozer made his Newcastle debut starting at centre back alongside Steven Taylor against Peterborough United in the Football League Cup. Newcastle, fielding a side full of youngsters, lost the game 2–0. Tozer went on to make his league debut in a 2–1 home win against Doncaster Rovers, coming on as an 87th-minute substitute for Jonás Gutiérrez.[7]

Northampton Town[edit]

On 21 September 2010 Tozer signed on loan at Northampton Town on a one-month loan.[8]

Tozer made his debut the following day in the Cobblers famous 3rd round League Cup win over Liverpool, and the following Saturday scored on his Northampton League debut in the 2–0 win over Bradford City.[9] Tozer was sent off in the game at home to Hereford United for violent conduct, which resulted in the Cobblers delaying renewing his loan until after he served his 3-game ban.[10] Tozer had his loan extended twice: the first extension came until 9 January 2011[11] and the second extension came until the end of the season.[12] Tozer went to make thirty-one appearance and scoring twice this season against Aldershot Town on 19 February 2011[13] and Morecambe on 7 May 2011.[14]

Tozer signed a permanent deal with Northampton Town on 23 June 2011, following his release by Newcastle United.[15] Tozer made his Northampton Town debut, in the opening game of the season, a 0–0 draw against Accrington Stanley. Weeks later, Tozer scored his first Northampton Town goal since making his move permanent, in the first round of League Cup, in a 2–1 win over Ipswich Town.[16] In his first full season at Northampton Town, Tozer was almost ever present player with forty-five appearance and scoring three times against Barnet on 1 October 2011,[17] Shrewsbury Town on 19 November 2011[18] and Cheltenham Town on 3 March 2012.[19]

The 2012–13 season saw Tozer started the season well after results went well for the first three matches. Tozer then provided double assist, losing 3–2 against Plymouth Argyle on 1 September 2012.[20] Following his grandfather's death, Tozer was given a compassionate leave by Aidy Boothroyd. However, Tozer played a match in a 0–0 draw against Chesterfield.[21] Tozer then provided another double assist in another match, winning 3–0 win against Morecambe on 20 November 2012.[22] In March, Tozer was awarded Northampton Audi Player of the Month for February.[23] Tozer went on to make forty-six appearance for the club, making him ever present player throughout the season. Tozer played all three matches in the play-offs and started as a right-back in the play-off final, in a 3–0 win over Bradford City.[24] Despite unsuccessful attempt to get promoted to League One, Tozer was offered a new contract and signed a two-year contract on 19 June 2013.[25]

The 2013–14 season saw Tozer featured regularly in the first team for the first five matches at the start of the season. Tozer soon had his playing time reduced following the arrivals of Kevin Amankwaah.[26] With eleven appearance made,[27] Tozer joined League One club Colchester United on an initial one-month loan on 28 November 2013 until 4 January 2014 to provide defensive cover over the Christmas period.[28] He made his debut for the club on 14 December in a 4–0 home defeat to Notts County. He was replaced on 67 minutes by Tosin Olufemi while the score was 2–0.[29] After making one appearance for Colchester United, Tozer was recalled by the club on 23 December 2013.[30] Following his return to Northampton Town, Tozer made a return to the first team, which saw him awarded Northampton Audi Player of the Month for January.[31] Despite being on the substitute bench for nine matches towards the end of the season, Tozer would make twenty-nine appearance for the club. Tozer soon expressed his future in doubt following the arrival of Manager Chris Wilder, who arrived during the season.[32]

The 2014–15 season saw Tozer's playing time increase at the start of the season as a right-back despite being on the bench. The following arrival of Brendan Moloney saw Tozer's playing time reduced to the bench. Soon after, Tozer suffered a knee injury during training[33] that ruled him out for a month.[34] Two months later, Tozer made his return to training.[35] Tozer made his first appearance back from injury, coming on as a substitute for Evan Horwood in the 50th minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Stevenage on 11 April 2015.[36] At the end of the season, Tozer went to make twenty-two appearance for the club. After five years at the club, Tozer was among seven players to be released by the club.[37]

Yeovil Town[edit]

On 19 June 2015, Tozer signed for League Two side Yeovil Town on a one-year deal.[38] Upon signing for the club, Tozer was given a number two shirt ahead of a new season.[39]

However, Tozer's start to his Yeovil Town suffered a setback when he had a cartilage problem and was expected to be sidelined until September.[40] It wasn't until November when Tozer made his return from training[41] and made his Yeovil Town debut in the first round of FA Cup, in a 1–0 win over Maidstone United.[42] Six days later, on 14 November 2015, Tozer made his league debut on 14 November 2015, in a 2–2 draw against Stevenage.[43] A month later on 5 December 2015, Tozer scored his first Yeovil Town goal in the fourth round of the FA Cup, in a 1–0 win over Stevenage, the team he made his debut against.[44] Since making his Yeovil Town, Tozer became a first team regular at the club, where he"made the anchorman role in Way's three-man central midfield his own" and finished the 2015–16 season, making thirty-two appearance and scoring once in all competition.[45]

At the end of the 2015–16 season, Tozer was offered a new contract by the club.[46] On 10 June 2016, local newspaper based in Yeovil Town reported that Tozer had agree to sign a new contract with the club.[47] As weeks go by, it's increasingly likely that Tozer to sign a new contract with the club despite continued to recover from his knee, having become a concern to the club's management.[48]

Newport County[edit]

On 4 July 2016, Tozer rejected Yeovil's offer of a new contract,[49] and signed for fellow League Two side Newport County on a one-year deal.[50] Upon joining the club, Tozer was given a number twelve shirt for a new season.[51]

Tozer made his debut for Newport on 6 August 2016 in the opening game of the season, in a 3–2 loss against Mansfield Town as a second-half substitute.[52] In a match against Doncaster Rovers on 17 September 2016, Tozer made his first start and played the whole game, in a 2–0 loss.[53] He scored his first goal for Newport on 25 October 2016 in the League Two match versus Barnet which ended in a 2–2 draw.[54]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 January 2017.
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
Swindon Town 2007–08[55] League One 2 0 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 7 0
Newcastle United 2007–08[55] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[56] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[57] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2010–11[58] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newcastle United total 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2010–11[58] League Two 31 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 34 3
Northampton Town 2011–12[59] League Two 45 3 1 0 2 1 1[a] 0 49 4
2012–13[60] League Two 46 0 2 0 2 0 6[b] 0 56 0
2013–14[61] League Two 29 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 32 0
2014–15[62] League Two 22 0 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 28 0
Northampton Town total 173 6 8 0 8 1 10 0 199 7
Colchester United (loan) 2010–11[61] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Yeovil Town 2015–16[63] League Two 26 0 4 1 0 0 2[a] 0 32 1
Newport County 2016–17[64] League Two 23 1 4 0 1 0 3[c] 0 31 1
Career total 226 7 18 1 11 1 17 0 272 9
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, three in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Tozer grew up in Plymouth, England and has a brother, Lee, who also a footballer.[65]

References[edit]

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