Bennett, Thomas McNeill ‘Tom’

Defender/Midfield.

Born: Falkirk (Scotland), 12 December 1969.

Debut: Southend United (h) 5/11/88, substitute.

Career: Aston Villa apprentice Jne 85, professional Dec 87, WOLVES Jne 88, Stockport County Jne 95, Walsall (loan) Dec 99, Walsall (loan) Mar 00, Walsall Aug 00, Boston United Aug 02, Kidderminster Harriers Nov 04, Hamilton Academicals Jly 05, Retired Aug 05.

Tom Bennett was born in Borrowstounness, Falkirk on 12 December 1969 and started his early career with Gaerdoch United. He joined Aston Villa apprentices and then turn professional. He was released just five months later and joined Wolves. Comfortable as a Defender or in Midfield Bennett made his Reserves debut against Tranmere Rovers in a Midland Intermediate Fixture on 7 September 1988 and his First Team debut as a substitute at home to Southend United on 5 November 1988. Tom went onto make 133 appearances for the first team netting two goals and he started 97 games for the reserves with as further there appearances on the bench and netted 11 goals. He helped the Reserves to win the Midland Intermediate League championship in 1989. He moved on to joined Stockport County and went on to make 146 appearances netting seven goals. In his time at Edgeley Park he became a regular member of their team and helped them to the Football League Cup semi-final and promotion from the Second Division in 1997. In January 1998 Tom broke his leg in a fixture against Birmingham City and after gained only limited first team football. He then had two loan spells with Walsall and in his second spell saw the saw the club relegated from the First Division. He then signed permanently for the Bescot club and in his first season helped them to promotion via the play-offs. He made a total of 99 appearances at the Bescot Stadium netting 10 goals before transferring to Boston United. He played in the first ever Football League fixture against Bournemouth on 10 August 2002 and became their captain as he made 90 appearances netting just the once. He then retuierned to the West Midlands when he transfered to Kidderminster Harriers but despite his 25 appearances he could not stop the Aggborough club slipping out of the Football League. Bennett signed for Scottish club Hamilton Academicals but after making just three appearances announced his retirement. During his time on the sideline when he broke his leg Tom started doing some backing vocals for a Stockport based band called Fracture. Fractures are a covers band that now has Tom Bennett as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Tom Bennett made 416 Football League appearances netting 18 goals.

FL FAC LC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1988/89 2 1 3
1989/90 30 1 2 1 34
1990/91 24 2 1 2 1 27 3
1991/92 37 1 2 1 3 1 42 1 2
1992/93 1 1
1993/94 8 2 8 2
1994/95 4 4 2 1 1 7 5
Total 103 12 2 5 2 7 3 1 118 15 2