BEN BURGESS FACT­FILE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Born: Bux­ton, 1981 (Age 34) 1998-2003 A for­ward, Burgess came through the ranks at Black­burn, mak­ing the first of his two ap­pear­ances in a sec­ond-tier match against Portsmouth in Septem­ber 2000. Af­ter loan spells at Aus­tralian side North­ern Spirit (16 goals in 27 games) and League One Brent­ford (18 in 51), he made a £400,000 switch to third-tier Stock­port County in 2002 but was loaned out to Old­ham be­fore be­ing sold to Hull for £100,000 in 2003.

2003-06

An in­stant hit at the KC, Burgess fin­ished his de­but sea­son as top scorer with 18 goals as the Tigers fin­ished sec­ond to seal pro­mo­tion from the base­ment divi­sion. How­ever, a se­ri­ous knee in­jury caused him to miss the en­tire 2004-05 cam­paign as Hull won pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship. He re­turned in 2005-06 but fur­ther in­juries meant Burgess played just 17 more games be­fore leav­ing to join Black­pool for a fee of £25,000 in Au­gust 2006.

2006-10

Pro­moted to the Cham­pi­onship in his first sea­son at Bloom­field Road, Burgess re­mained near ever-present over the next three sea­sons, scor­ing 23 goals in 126 games, in­clud­ing 31 ap­pear­ances as the Seasiders won pro­mo­tion to the Premier League with a play-off vic­tory over Cardiff in 2010.

2010-Present

Re­leased by Black­pool in Au­gust 2010, Burgess joined League One Notts County, where he scored five goals in 45 matches. He then joined Tran­mere in the sum­mer of 2012, only for his­toric knee prob­lems to force his re­tire­ment – aged 30 – with­out kick­ing a ball. Hav­ing al­ready com­pleted a de­gree in sports jour­nal­ism, Burgess then qual­i­fied as a teacher and now works in a pri­mary school.

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