Sunday, 22 May 2011
396 Ben Muirhead
Position : Winger
Played : 2006-07 (on loan from Bradford) ; 2007-08
Appearances : ( first spell ) 12 ; ( second spell ) 31
Goals : ( first spell ) 3 ; ( second spell ) 0
Ben was signed following the injury to Kelvin Etuhu. He was a former England schoolboy international who had been on Manchester United's books but made his League debut on loan at Doncaster in October 2002. Later that season he went to Bradford on a free transfer. His time at Bradford was marked by big fluctuations in form in a turbulent time for the club with Ben in favour under some managers but not others. He had made 111 appearances scoring 4 goals by the time he came to us.
Ben made an instant impression by scoring on his debut at Notts County. He had speed and skill if not always the best end product. His best game was in the rout of Stockport where he scored two of our seven goals. He was recalled by Bradford before the end of the season and played once more for them in their final fixture.
He was released in the summer and Keith Hill wasted no time in signing him up permanently. Unfortunately Ben never really found the form of the previous season with the particularly bad habit of giving the ball away. He lost his place in the side to Kallum Higginbotham and nearly half of his games were as a substitute. However he did have one more moment of glory and it was a big one - scoring the winning penalty against Darlington to take us to Wembley. His last appearance for us was an unmemorable substitute appearance in the Final.
Despite his hero staus he was transfer-listed then a few weeks later negotiated his release making a deluded statement about wanting to play at a higher level. In the real world he failed a trial at Darlington and ended up signing for his former manager Nicky Law at Alfreton Town. He spent a year there but had to leave because the club couldn't afford to pay him while he recovered from an operation. Since then he's been a nomad with short spells at Farsley Celtic, King's Lynn, Harrogate, Buxton and currently Armthorpe Welfare.