Dale Bennett

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Dale Bennett
Dale Bennett 2013.jpg
Bennett playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Dale Owen Bennett[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Enfield, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sutton United
Number 2
Youth career
2004–2008 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Watford 32 (0)
2008Wealdstone (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2009Kettering Town (loan) 17 (0)
2011Brentford (loan) 1 (1)
2012Brentford (loan) 4 (0)
2012AFC Wimbledon (loan) 5 (0)
2012Yeovil Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2018 Forest Green Rovers 196 (5)
2018– Sutton United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:35, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

Dale Owen Bennett (born 6 January 1990) is an English professional footballer, who plays for Sutton United as a defender.

Career[edit]

If players go to training everyday and show attitude and application in reserve and first team games alike they are going to get picked. That's why Dale Bennett is in the first team.

Malky Mackay, September 2009[2]

Bennett began his career at English Football League Championship side Watford in the side's academy system. He captained the U-18 side, and signed professionally in March 2008. He made his first-team debut for Watford as a 71st-minute substitute in a 1–0 victory over West Ham United in the League Cup on 23 September 2008.[3]

In November 2008 Bennett joined Conference National side Kettering Town on a month-long loan, which was later extended to the rest of the season.[4] Bennett made his first Football League appearance for Watford in their 1–0 win against Barnsley in September 2009, following an injury to captain Jay DeMerit.[5] Bennett's attitude in training and matches was praised by his manager Malky Mackay, and he retained his place in the team for the following game against Plymouth Argyle, where the team again won 1–0.[2][6]

Bennett's next run of regular first-team football came in April 2010, when he played in all six games, initially in place of DeMerit, and later Lloyd Doyley. Mackay commented that Bennett was improving as he gained experience.[7] His contract was subsequently extended until the end of the 2010–11 season.[8] At the end of Watford's 2010–11 campaign, the club exercised its option and signed Bennett through the 2012–2013 season.[9] On 27 October 2011, Bennett joined Brentford on a month's loan. He scored his first career goal on his Brentford debut, the winner in a 2–1 win over Chesterfield on 29 October 2011.[10] This proved to be his only appearance for the Bees as injury ruled him out of all other games during his loan spell. Once recovered from his injury, Bennett re-joined Brentford on loan on 1 January 2012 for 28 days. He made four appearances before returning to Watford. Bennett made his first start for Watford in the 2011–12 season away to West Ham United on 7 March 2012. He had to be stretchered off in the second half due to a clash of heads with John Eustace leaving him concussed and not able to continue.

On 31 August 2012, he signed a one-month loan deal with AFC Wimbledon, this was extended for another month on 5 October.[11] AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley announced on 28 October that he would be releasing Bennett on account of injury. On 22 November 2012, Bennett joined League One side Yeovil Town on loan until January 2013.[12] He made his Yeovil Town debut as a substitute in their 3–1 defeat against Carlisle United but this was Bennett's only appearance for the club as he returned to Watford on 8 December due to a back injury.

On 24 January 2013, Bennett joined Forest Green Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal, linking up with former teammate, Eddie Oshodi.[13] After overcoming an injury that he arrived with, he made his Forest Green debut on 9 February 2013 in a 1–1 draw at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town.[14] He scored his goal for Forest Green with a dramatic stoppage time equaliser in a 3–3 home draw against Lincoln City on 1 November 2014, Lincoln had led 3–0 with less than half an hour to go.[15] On 5 March 2015, he agreed a new one-year contract with Forest Green that would keep him at the club until the summer of 2016.[16] His second goal for the club came in a 3–1 away win over Barnet on 7 March 2015.[17] His next goal for Forest Green saw him find the net in a 3–1 home win over Macclesfield Town on 11 April 2015.[18]

He was a part of a Forest Green side who reached the Conference National play-offs for the first time at the end of the 2014–15 season, playing in both legs of a semi-final defeat against Bristol Rovers.[19] The following 2015–16 campaign saw him make his hundredth league appearance for Forest Green in a 1–1 away draw at Tranmere Rovers on 19 March 2016.[20] He ended the season playing in the 2015–16 National League play-off final at Wembley Stadium, but ended up on the losing side, suffering a 3–1 defeat against Grimsby Town.[21] The following season he played again in the 2016–17 National League play-off final, helping Forest Green earn promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history with a 3–1 win over Tranmere Rovers.[22]

In June 2018, he returned to the National League, signing a two-year contract with Sutton United.[23]

Bennett is also in the process of obtaining the required documentation to represent the Grenadian National Football Team [24]

Personal life[edit]

Bennett is of Trinidadian, Grenadian and Jamaican descent through his grandparents, and declared interest in representing the Trinidad and Tobago national football team.[25]

Dale has recently turned vegan following his return from his honeymoon in June 2017.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 September 2017
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2008–09[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2009–10[28] 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11[29] 10 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
2011–12[30] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Kettering Town (loan)
2008–09[27]
Conference Premier 17 0 2 0 1[a] 0 20 0
Total 17 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
Brentford (loan) 2011–12[30] League One 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
AFC Wimbledon (loan) 2012–13[31] League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 6 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2012–13[31] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Forest Green Rovers 2012–13[31] Conference Premier 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2013–14[32] 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2014–15[33] 23 3 1 0 2[c] 0 26 3
2015–16[34] National League 42 0 2 0 3[d] 0 47 0
2016–17[35] 42 2 0 0 3[d] 0 45 2
2017–18[36] League Two 33[37] 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 35 0
Total 196 5 3 0 1 0 9 0 164 5
Career totals 246 11 6 0 3 0 11 0 221 6
  1. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in the Conference Premier play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearances in the National League play-offs

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy.[38][39][40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ a b "Post match reaction". Watford F.C. 15 September 2009. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Watford 1–0 West Ham". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Beardsley leaves Poppies – but Rawle and Bennett arrive". Northants Evening Telegraph. Johnston Press. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  5. ^ Anthony Matthews (12 September 2009). "Dale Bennett gets big opportunity as Jay DeMerit sidelined". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Plymouth 0–1 Watford". BBC Sport. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  7. ^ Smith, Frank (13 April 2010). "Watford boss believes Dale Bennett 'now looks like he deserves to be at this level'". Watford Observer. Newsquest. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Watford deals for Liam Henderson and Dale Bennett". BBC Sport. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Watford centre-back Dale Bennett handed new two-year contract". Watford Observer. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Brentford 2–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Dons extend loan stars' stay". Sky Sports.
  12. ^ "Dale Bennett leaves Watford for Yeovil Town on loan". BBC Sport. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Hockaday swoops for Watford star". Stroud News and Journal.
  14. ^ "Luton 1–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Forest Green 3–3 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Forest Green Rovers defender signs new contract". BBC Sport. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Barnet 1–3 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Forest Green 3–1 Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2–0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Tranmere Rovers 1–3 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 14 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Dale Bennett: Sutton United sign ex-Forest Green defender on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Cheney Joseph on LinkedIn: "Right-back Dale Bennett has agreed…". LinkedIn. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  25. ^ (TTFF), Shaun Fuentes. "Watford's Bennett wants to play for T&T".
  26. ^ "Dale Bennett on being vegan". www.ecotricity.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  29. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  31. ^ a b c "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Dale Bennett in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  37. ^ https://www.forestgreenroversfc.com/first-team/2017-18-squad/dale-bennett
  38. ^ "Kettering Through on Penalties". KTFC. Archived from the original on 20 January 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  39. ^ "Cooper's Cup Success Continues". KTFC. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  40. ^ "Tiverton Town 1 Kettering Town 1". KTFC. Archived from the original on 20 January 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2012.

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