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Ben Burgess

Benjamin Kieron "Ben" Burgess (born 9 November 1981 in Buxton, Derbyshire) is an English-born Republic of Ireland Association football who currently plays for Notts County F.C.. Ben Burgess has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland at Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team level.

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Ben Burgess biography


Benjamin Kieron "Ben" Burgess (born 9 November 1981 in Buxton, Derbyshire) is an English-born Republic of Ireland Association football who currently plays for Notts County F.C.. Ben Burgess has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland at Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team level.

Club career

Early career

Burgess began Ben Burgess football career at Blackburn Rovers F.C. in 1998, where Ben Burgess stayed until 2002, but made just two league appearances for the club. On 3 October 2000 Ben Burgess went on loan to North Sydney, New South Wales based Northern Spirit FC in Australia. Ben Burgess scored 16 goals in 27 appearances for the club. In the 2001–02 season Ben Burgess went on loan to Brentford F.C., before moving to Stockport County F.C. on 16 July 2002. Ben Burgess had a two month loan spell at Oldham Athletic F.C. from January to March 2003, before signing for Hull City A.F.C. on 27 March.

Hull City

Ben Burgess became the first Hull City player to score a hat-trick at the KC Stadium on 26 April 2003, in a match against Kidderminster Harriers F.C.. Ben Burgess was City's top scorer in their 2003-04 in English football promotion campaign, scoring 18 goals and forming a partnership with Daniel Allsopp. However, Ben Burgess suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury late in the season in a match against Huddersfield Town F.C. and did not appear in Hull's 2004-05 in English football Football League One campaign until promotion had already been secured, showing sportsmanship by declining to accept any promotion award.

Ben Burgess soon returned to scoring despite playing two levels higher in the Football League Championship, scoring one of two goals in the Tigers' first win of the 2005-06 in English football season at home against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C..

Blackpool

Burgess joined Blackpool on 31 August 2006, for an initial fee of £25,000, with a further £75,000 paid after Ben Burgess had played 30 games. On 31 October 2006, Ben Burgess scored Ben Burgess first goals for Blackpool when Ben Burgess bagged a brace in a 4–4 draw with Accrington Stanley F.C. in the Football League Trophy. On 27 May 2007, Burgess was an unused substitute in Blackpool's Football League One play-off final victory over Yeovil Town F.C. at Wembley Stadium. On 14 August 2007, Burgess, on as a second-half substitute, scored the only goal of the game as Blackpool beat Huddersfield Town in the first round of the Football League Cup. On 7 May 2008 Blackpool activated an option to extend Ben Burgess contract with the club by one year. On 27 March 2009 Burgess signed a new twelve month contract with the Seasiders with an option for a further year.

Burgess started the 2009–10 season by scoring in the Seasiders opening day 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers F.C. at Loftus Road on 8 August 2009. Ben Burgess 100th league appearance for the club was as a 61st-minute substitute in a goalless draw with Swansea City A.F.C. at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on 24 October. Ben Burgess gained Ben Burgess fourth promotion and second with Blackpool in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley on 22 May 2010.

Notts County

On 2 August 2010 Notts County confirmed the signing of Burgess from Blackpool on a free transfer.

International career

Although born in England, Burgess qualified to play for both England national football team and Republic of Ireland national football team. Burgess chose to represent Ireland and played twice for the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team team.

Club career statistics



27 results are included in totals

Personal life

Away from football Burgess gained a First class honours degree in Sports Journalism in 2009. After the end of the 2007–08 season Ben Burgess spent time at the Blackpool Gazette as a trainee journalist on work experience.

Honours

Blackpool
- Football League One play-off final winner: Blackpool F.C. season 2006-07 Play-offs
- Football League Championship play-off final winner: 2009-10 in English football

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Burgess

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