Ken Bennett (association footballer)

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Ken Bennett
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Edgar Bennett
Date of birth (1921-10-02)2 October 1921
Place of birth Wood Green, London, England
Date of death 1994 (aged 72–73)
Playing position Inside forward / Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wood Green Town
1940–1946 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1946–1948 Southend United 50 (10)
1948–1949 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 19 (1)
1949–1950 Guildford City
1950–1953 Brighton & Hove Albion 101 (37)
1953–1954 Crystal Palace 17 (2)
1954 Headington United 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth Edgar "Ken" Bennett[1] (2 October 1921 – 1994) was an English professional footballer who scored 50 goals from 187 appearances in the Football League playing for Southend United, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.[2]


Bennett was born in Wood Green, north London, and began his football career before the Second World War with local club Wood Green Town. He joined Tottenham Hotspur during the war,[2] and played for the club occasionally in the wartime competitions,[3] but when the Football League resumed in 1946 he signed for Southend United. After two seasons he moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic,[4] a year later joining Southern League club Guildford City, and then, after another year, returning to the League with Brighton & Hove Albion.[2] He was the club's top scorer in both the 1951–52 and 1952–53 seasons, with 19 and 13 goals respectively in all competitions,[5] and then spent a year with Crystal Palace.[2] In 1954 he returned to the Southern League, playing four games for Headington United.[6] Bennett died in 1994.[2]


  1. ^ Carder, Tim & Harris, Roger (1997). Albion A–Z: A Who's Who of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Hove: Goldstone Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-9521337-1-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ken Bennett". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer at War 1939–45. London: Headline. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-7553-1431-7. 
  4. ^ "Ken Bennett". Southend United FC Database. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Carder & Harris, Albion A–Z, p. 338.
  6. ^ "Statistics for Ken Bennett". Rage Online. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2010.