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|Full name||Benjamin Kieron Burgess|
|Date of birth||9 November 1981|
|Place of birth||Buxton, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2000–2001||→ Northern Spirit (loan)||27||(16)|
|2001–2002||→ Brentford (loan)||43||(17)|
|2003||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||→ Cheltenham Town (loan)||7||(2)|
|2001–2002||Republic of Ireland U21||4||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2012 (UTC).
Benjamin Kieron "Ben" Burgess (born 9 November 1981 in Buxton, Derbyshire) is a retired English-born Irish footballer best known for his time playing for Hull City and Blackpool. He was capped twice by the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Burgess began his football career at Blackburn Rovers in 1998, where he stayed until 2002, but made just two league appearances for the club. On 3 October 2000 he went on loan to North Sydney based Northern Spirit in Australia. He scored 16 goals in 27 appearances for the club. In the 2001–02 season he went on loan to Brentford, before moving to Stockport County on 16 July 2002. He had a two-month loan spell at Oldham Athletic from January to March 2003, before signing for Hull City on 27 March.
He 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. He was City's top scorer in their 2003–04 promotion campaign, scoring 18 goals and forming a partnership with Danny Allsopp. However, he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury late in the season in a match against Huddersfield Town and did not appear in Hull's 2004–05 League One campaign until promotion had already been secured, showing sportsmanship by declining to accept any promotion award.
Burgess joined Blackpool on 31 August 2006, for an initial fee of £25,000, with a further £75,000 paid after he had played 30 games. On 31 October 2006, he scored his first goals for Blackpool when he bagged a brace in a 4–4 draw with Accrington Stanley in the League Trophy. On 27 May 2007, Burgess was an unused substitute in Blackpool's League One play-off final victory over Yeovil Town at Wembley. 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 League Cup. On 7 May 2008 Blackpool activated an option to extend his 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 at Loftus Road on 8 August 2009. His 100th league appearance for the club was as a 61st-minute substitute in a goalless draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on 24 October. He gained his fourth promotion and second with Blackpool in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley on 22 May 2010.
On 2 August 2010 Notts County confirmed the signing of Burgess from Blackpool on a free transfer. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.
On 22 March 2012 it was confirmed that Burgess would join Cheltenham Town on loan until the end of the season, scoring the second goal of Cheltenham's play-off semi-final first leg at Whaddon Road against Torquay United with a header from "a full 18 yards".
On 1 June 2012 it was confirmed that Burgess had joined League One outfit Tranmere Rovers on a two-year deal after turning down a contract offer from Cheltenham Town due to the club having failed to gain promotion from League Two. After just under two months at Tranmere, Burgess decided to leave the club and retire from professional football. He stated that he felt he could no longer give 100% consistently and felt retirement was appropriate at that time. He went on to thank Tranmere for their continued support.
Club career statistics
- As of 27 March 2010
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|1999–2000||Blackburn Rovers||First Division||2||0||-||-||2||0|
|2000–01||Blackburn Rovers||First Division||-||-||1||0||1||0|
|2000–01||Northern Spirit (loan)||National Soccer League||27||16||-||-||27||16|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2001–02||Brentford (loan)||Second Division||43||17||2||1||2||0||51||18|
|2002–03||Stockport County||Second Division||19||4||2||2||1||0||24||6|
|2002–03||Oldham Athletic (loan)||Second Division||7||0||-||-||7||0|
|2002–03||Hull City||Third Division||7||4||-||-||7||4|
|2003–04||Hull City||Third Division||44||18||1||0||1||0||46||18|
|2004–05||Hull City||League One||2||0||-||-||2||0|
a. 3 league play-off appearances for Brentford in 2002 (included in 2001–02 total)
a. 1 league play-off appearances for Blackpool in 2007 (included in 2006–07 total)
c. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals
Burgess gained a First class honours degree in Sports Journalism in 2009. After the end of the 2007–08 season he spent time at the Blackpool Gazette as a trainee journalist on work experience. In August 2012, after he had retired from playing football he started writing a weekly column about former club Blackpool for the newspaper. In his first column he revealed that he would be studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, with a view to becoming a primary school teacher. He also began working for BBC Radio Lancashire as a summariser for Blackpool home games. Burgess began working as a teacher in September 2013, but continues some of his media work.
- "Football League Trophy Accrington Stanley 4 Blackpool 4". Soccerbase. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
- "Yeovil 0–2 Blackpool". bbc.co.uk. 27 May 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
- "Blackpool 1–0 Huddersfield". bbc.co.uk. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
- "Retained List Latest". Blackpool F.C. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
- "Contract Latest". Blackpool F.C. 27 March 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
- "Curle Confirms Retained List". Notts county FC. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- "Tranmere Rovers agree deal for striker Ben Burgess". BBC Sport. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Ben Burgess signs for The Gazette". Blackpool Gazette. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Maginn, Tom (28 August 2012). "Burgess Planning For Life After Football". Blackpool F.C. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Burgess, Ben (1 September 2012). "Ben Burgess column – It's official, I'm finished". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Brugess, Ben. "Ben Burgess: Ex-Blackpool and Hull striker on becoming a teacher". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- Ben Burgess profile at blackpoolfc.co.uk
- Ben Burgess career statistics at Soccerbase
- Ireland stats at 11v11
|NSL U21 Player of the Year