The former City forward was in the news recently…
When Trevor Benjamin signed for Bradford Park Avenue recently he set a record for the number of clubs a professional footballer has represented – an astonishing 25! For those that care about this stuff his clubs (in order) are:
Cambridge United, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, West Brom, Gillingham, Rushden and Diamonds, Brighton, Northampton, Coventry, Peterborough, Watford, Swindon, Boston, Walsall, Hereford, Gainsborough Trinity, Northwich Victoria, Hednesford, Wellingborough, Kidsgrove, Tamworth, Harrogate, Woking and Bradford Park Avenue
Leicester fans had a first look at Trev when he signed from Cambridge United in 2000. Unfortunately he suffered on the back of two unshakable problems; he was bought using the Heskey millions and he was given a big build up by Peter Taylor (the man who signed him). Trev was described as ”…one for the future..” by Taylor, words that have bitten him on the backside more than once as successive managers have realised that Trev has never been any better than he was the day he walked through the door at Filbert Street.
Trevor Benjamin was a handy sort of player if you wanted to rattle defenders with a big presence up front and what he lacked in touch and skill he made up for with bags of effort but it simply wasn’t enough even in a poor Leicester side and Craig Levein cancelled his contract in 2005 after a series of unsuccessful loan spells. Since then Trev has ‘collected’ an astonishing 18 clubs in a little under 5 years to bring his total to 25 clubs. Maybe not a record that any professional footballer would want. But at 30 years old there is still time for Trev to collect a few more.
Despite all of this it is hard not to like the guy and his honest endeavour in a blue shirt was enough for most City fans to remember him fondly even if it is hard to recall too many moments of magic. His time at Leicester saw 11 goals in 81 appearances and featured some useful strikes including a goal in the 1-1 draw at Rotherham that saw City go top of the table ahead of Pompey for a week and also his only Premier League goal in a 3-0 win at Middlesborough.
Let’s hope that Trev can settle down again and shake-off his reputation as football’s equivalent of an odd-job man.