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Ben Baines | Unknown Club

Position: Midfielder/Striker
Age: 31
Date of Birth: 29/12/1986
Place of Birth: Kettering
Foot: Right
Previous clubs: Winslow United, Wellingborough Town, Wolverton Town, Aylesbury United, Cogenhoe United, Wootton Blue Cross, Desborough Town
 
Past Aylesbury United Player
Aylesbury games: 209
Aylesbury goals: 53
Ducks debut: 18/8/2010 Aylesbury 5-2 Dunstable
First Aylesbury goal: 18/8/2010 Aylesbury 5-2 Dunstable
Last Ducks game: 17/1/2015 Aylesbury 1-4 Bedworth
Last goal for Aylesbury: 08/4/2014 North Greenford 3-4 Aylesbury

Biography

Versatile player of over 200 appearances and 50 goals during a five year spell with association with the club having signed from Cogenhoe United in summer 2010 following a long chase by manager Tony Joyce.

Initially billed as a striker, Ben achieved a record of a goal every other game during his first season with Aylesbury before making a seamless transition from bustling centre forward to tireless midfielder, and offered options right across the pitch as he gave the same dedication whenever and wherever called upon.

Already a popular figure on and off the pitch, he wrote himself into club folklore in 2013 with a superb strike in the Premier Division Cup final to level a match which had looked to be edging away from United before the Ducks went on to lift the trophy.

In his earlier career he was a renowned marksman in the United Counties League for the likes of Wootton Blue Cross and Desborough Town, before joining Cogenhoe from where manager Tony Joyce eventually concluded a long chase for his signature.

The 2014/15 season saw Ben take a step back from football due to family commitments, and he dual registered with Spartan South Midlands League side Wolverton Town where he ended the campaign as their top scorer with 14 goals.

Moved on to Wellingborough Town in summer 2015.

Club Honours/Achievements

2014 - 200 Aylesbury United Appearances
2013 - Premier Division Cup Winner; Spartan South Midlands League Promotion Winner; 150 Aylesbury United Appearances; 50 Aylesbury United goals
2011 - Most Improved Player

Playing Career

Season Club League Cup All Comps
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010/11 Aylesbury United 42 20 8 4 50 24
2011/12 Aylesbury United 40 9 9 2 49 11
2012/13 Aylesbury United 42 8 12 5 54 13
2013/14 Aylesbury United 37 2 11 3 48 5
2014/15 Aylesbury United 7 0 1 0 8 0
2014/15 Wolverton Town 15 10 3 4 18 14
2015/16 Wellingborough Town
2015/16 Wolverton Town 4 3 0 0 4 3
2016/17 Winslow United 23 3 9 1 32 4
  Totals: 210 55 53 19 263 74

Photo Gallery

Pictures courtesy of Ken Slatter, Kevin Richards, Royston Town photographer, Zana Bayley, or Mike Snell