I started my Football career with Scottish premier League team Dundee United where I spent seven years. I made my first team debut in December 1985 aged 19 years old in a UEFA Cup tie against Neuchâtel Xamax and league debut three days later against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox in front of 40,000 supporters.
I helped Dundee United reach the 1987 Scottish cup final and UEFA Cup Final v Gothenburg, scoring against Barcelona in the quarter-finals en route. The following year I scored Dundee United's goal in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final.
I made my full international debut for Scotland against Colombia and went on to play in euro's '92 '96 and 1998 World Cup.
I was transferred to Coventry City in January 1990 for a fee of around £950,000.
I joined Blackburn Rovers in March 1993 for £1.5 million plus player exchange;
I scored on my debut in a 4-1 win over Liverpool.
However, two broken legs (the second sustained in my first game back after the original injury) the following season restricted me to just one Premier League appearance and one goal in 1994–95 when Blackburn won the FA Premier League.
1n 1999 I moved on to Newcastle United to become Bobby Robson's first signing and team up again with former Blackburn rovers striker Alan Shearer.
Spells at Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town followed before hanging up my boots in 2002, ending a career which had seen me score 106 goals in 430 league games in English and Scottish leagues and earn 53 caps scoring 9 goals for Scotland.
The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
The FA Coaching Certificate
FA Youth Award Module 1 - Developing the Environment
FA Emergency First Aid
The FA Level 3 (UEFA B)
LCC Conference 2013 - Developing Creativity
UEFA A Licence Preparatory
UEFA A Licence Part 1
UEFA A License Part 2
Online Safeguarding Children Re-Certification
FA Emergency First aid Re-Certification
The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
FALCC CPD Level 1,2,3
FA Talent ID Level 1
IPSO Professional Football Scouting Tutor
BSc Sports Coaching & Performance
FA Level 2
FA Youth Award
Futsal Coaching level 2
FA Goalkeepers Level 2
FA Coaching disabilities
FA Level 1 Talent ID
Pro Zone performance Analysis Level 2
personal Training diploma Level 3
Ben joined G8 Soccer school August 2017 and has been coaching for 10 years working in a number of environments ranging from Grassroots to community trusts, development centres to Soccer schools colleges/universities to senior teams with most recently coaching a Ladies 1st team in the North West Women's Regional Premier League.
I have a background in sports development and management which has seen me take on the role as General Manager of Blackburn community Sports Club inc. Lammack Juniors.
This year I have also been teaching First year Sports Coaching Degree students and plan to undertake a PGCE In September 2018
Youth Zone Blackburn – Sports Coach/Zone Leader - September 2016 – February 2017. Lead Multi-Sports sessions from ages 7 to 21 for boys and girls • Futsal Development Centre delivered through Blackburn Futsal • Junior Football League co-ordinator • Junior Futsal League co-ordinator • After school clubs • Youth worker
Family and Community Enterprise – FACE – Head Coach / Sports Development / Football Development Officer (AFC FACE)– March 2016 – February 2017
Co-ordinate coaches and volunteers • Futsal Tournaments • Asian Women’s groups • Social inclusion/cohesion sessions
Burnley FC in the Community – Casual Football Coach – March 2016-August 2016 • Disability coaching