Junior Bent

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Junior Bent
Personal information
Full name Junior Antony Bent[1]
Date of birth (1970-03-01) 1 March 1970 (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Huddersfield, England[1]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Preston North End (Academy coach)
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Huddersfield Town 36 (6)
1989–1990 Burnley (loan) 9 (3)
1990–1997 Bristol City 183 (20)
1992 Stoke City (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 6 (0)
1997–2001 Blackpool 103 (5)
2001 Kettering Town
2002–2003 Lancaster City
Total 338 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Junior Antony Bent (born 1 March 1970) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger in the Football League for Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Bristol City, Stoke City, Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool.[2]

Bent began his career with his hometown club Huddersfield Town playing in 44 matches and spending time on loan at Burnley before joining Bristol City in 1990. He became a regular at Ashton Gate and went on to stay for seven years making 221 appearances including short loan spells with Stoke City and Shrewsbury Town. He left Bristol City in 1997 and joined Blackpool where he stayed for three seasons before entering non-league football with Kettering Town and Lancaster City.

Career[edit]

Bent began his career as a trainee at Huddersfield Town, his hometown club, making his debut in 1987. He made 36 league appearances and scored six goals for the Terriers. During the 1989–90 season, he had a loan spell at Fourth Division side Burnley, with striker Brendan O'Connell moving in the opposite direction on a similar deal. Bent made his first appearance for Burnley on 2 December 1989 in the 1–1 draw with Grimsby Town. He went on to score three times in nine matches for the Lancashire club, including two goals in the 3–0 home win over Scarborough on 9 January 1990.[3]

In March 1990, Bent transferred to Bristol City for a £30,000 fee. He spent seven years at Ashton Gate, making almost 200 appearances and scoring 20 goals, including a last-minute winner in a League Cup tie at Bristol Rovers in his final match for the club. After loan spells at Stoke City, where he played just once, away at Torquay United he went on loan again to Shrewsbury Town, in 1992 and 1996 respectively, Bent signed for Blackpool in 1997 for a nominal fee.[1] In four years at Bloomfield Road he made just over 100 appearances and found the net on five occasions.[4] He was released in 2001, and finished his career with brief spells at non-league clubs Kettering Town and, after a year out of the game, Lancaster City.

Post retirement[edit]

Junior Bent now coaches at Preston North End. He is the Under 13's Coach.[5][6]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Junior Bent profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 1987–88 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1988–89 22 5 3 1 0 0 2 0 27 6
1989–90 7 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 1
Total 36 6 4 1 1 0 3 0 44 7
Burnley (loan) 1989–90 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Total 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Bristol City 1989–90 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1990–91 20 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 25 2
1991–92 17 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 22 3
1992–93 20 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 23 3
1993–94 20 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 24 2
1994–95 41 6 3 1 2 0 0 0 46 7
1995–96 40 2 2 0 4 0 3 0 49 2
1996–97 22 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 27 3
1997–98 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 1
Total 183 20 15 2 13 1 10 0 221 23
Stoke City (loan) 1991–92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 1996–97 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Blackpool 1997–98 36 3 2 0 0 0 3 0 41 3
1998–99 39 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 43 2
1999–2000 28 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 35 1
Total 103 5 5 0 4 1 7 0 119 6
Career Total 338 34 24 3 18 2 20 0 400 39
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0952415100. 
  2. ^ "Junior Bent". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Ray (1996). The Clarets Collection 1946–1996. Burnley FC. p. 22. ISBN 0-9521799-0-3. 
  4. ^ "Junior Bent". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hesketh adds winger". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 12 December 2002. Retrieved 13 November 2009. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Last gasp goal leaves City pointless". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 20 December 2002. Retrieved 13 November 2009. [permanent dead link]

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