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Trevor Junior Benjamin (born 8 February 1979 in Ketteringmarker, England) is an English born Jamaican ex-international footballer who is currently with Woking. He plays as a forward or winger.

He made more than 350 appearances in the the Football League between 1995 and 2008. Benjamin is a perfect example of a Journeyman footballer, having represented twenty-four different clubs at senior level.

Playing career

Cambridge United

Benjamin grew up in Wellingboroughmarker, Northamptonshiremarker, supporting Arsenal with Ian Wright as his idol. His first club was Wellingborough Colts where he excelled as a striker, gaining representative honours with Northamptonshiremarker. His potential was recognised and he played a friendly for Kettering Town, with his brother Richard. Trevor played in their youth team then started scoring regularly for the reserves.

He then signed as a trainee for Cambridge United where he made his professional début as a 16-year-old, against Gillingham in a 0–0 draw, during his time there he scored 46 goals in 146 appearances, which included the winning goal as Third Division Cambridge knocked Premier League Sheffield Wednesday out of the Worthington Cup.

Leicester City

Following some impressive displays for Cambridge United, Benjamin signed for Leicester City (where his work rate and goal celebrations saw him become something of a cult figure). He was signed for a fee of £1.3 million by manager Peter Taylor, who snapped up Benjamin as a replacement for the departed Emile Heskey who had joined Liverpool.

He made his debut for Leicester City, as a substitute, in a 0–0 draw with Sunderland, on 1 October 2000.

Benjamin holds the record of most appearances made from the bench by any Leicester City player he also holds the record for the most league clubs played for which so far is 16 in total.

In January 2005, however, new Leicester City manager Craig Levein made the decision to cancel Benjamin's contract. The striker then went on loan at various clubs, including Crystal Palace, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.

Northampton Town

In November 2003 he was loaned out to Rushden & Diamonds. He then joined Northampton Town permanently on 19 January 2005, after a few weeks on loan to the club.

Coventry City

Trevor was later signed up by Coventry manager Micky Adams (under whom he had played at Leicester) until the end of the season.

Peterborough United

In the summer of 2006 Benjamin was released again and later signed for Peterborough United on a three year deal, stating his main motivation was to gain first team football. Benjamin has since made loan appearances for Watford, Swindon Town, Boston United and Walsall.

Hereford United

Benjamin went on to sign for Hereford United on 1 August 2007. He made his début for the club in a 0–0 draw against Rotherham United on 11 August, 2007. His first goal followed a week later, from the penalty spot, in a 2–1 win away at Barnet. He continued his impressive form in the first half of the season and became something of a fans favourite at Edgar Street, scoring his share of goals. However he did not start another match for the Bulls after the defeat to Cardiff at the end of January, which coincided with the arrival of Gary Hooper on loan.

Gainsborough Trinity

On 19 May 2008 Benjamin was released from Hereford United, being told his services will not be needed in the following season, despite being the clubs 3rd top goalscorer that season. He joined Conference North club Gainsborough Trinity on non-contract terms in August 2008, a week later after joining Gainsborough Trinity, the Lincolnshire Echo revealed the player had also been training with Cheltenham Town. Despite this Trevor was released by a 'disappointed' Steve Charles after just three appearances for Gainsborough Trinity, with the Blues noting that the Jamaican International had under performed in his games.

Northwich Victoria

Benjamin had trials with Cheltenham Town, Gillingham and Bournemouth at the start of the 2008–09 season, but failed to earn a contract at any of the three clubs. Bournemouth manager Jimmy Quinn said of the player, "He's not what I'm looking for, he's probably past his sell-by date." On 10 October 2008, Benjamin signed for Northwich Victoria, but was released three weeks later as part of cost-cutting measures. He then made one appearance at Hednesford Town in the Northern Premier League Premier Division., after a few games for the club he was released.

Wellingborough Town

A couple of weeks later, Benjamin moved further down the non league ladder to sign for his home town club Wellingborough Townmarker in the United Counties Football League. He scored on his debut in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Raunds Townmarker.Recent speculations have linked him, like in the summer of 2008, to Chester City.

Kidsgrove Athletic

However, Benjamin moved on to Kidsgrove Athleticmarker in the Northern Premier League Division One South, making his debut in a 5-2 win against Brigg Town on 14 February 2009.He made 12 league appearances during the 2008–09 season, and another two appearances in the Staffordshire Senior Cup, helping them win the final on 22 April 2009. But Benjamin has recently stated that he would like a return to league football after fully recovering from his eye infection. He is currently on trial with Rushden & Diamonds in a bid to earn a contract for the new season.

Tamworth

On 7 August 2009, Trevor Benjamin signed for Conference National newcomers Tamworth, following a successful trial period with the club.

He made his debut the following day in a Conference National away fixture against Stevenage Borough, Benjamin came on as a 79th minute substitute for midfielder Tom Shaw. The game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Harrogate Town

He moved on to Harrogate Town in the Conference North, making his debut and scoring two goals in a 3-2 loss against Northwich Victoria on 3 October 2009.In his second appearance, against Droylsden, he scored again with a stunning free-kick in the last few minutes of the game. He departed in November after his rolling month to month contract was not renewed.

Woking

He made his debut for Woking in a 6–0 win against St Albans City in the FA Trophy competition, on 21 November 2009.

International career

England Under 21

Benjamin was selected for the England under-21s, making his only appearance as a substitute against Mexico at Filbert Streetmarker on 24 May 2001.

Jamaica

He made his international début for Jamaica on 20 November 2002 against Nigeria, in Lagosmarker.

Career statistics



Club performance
Club Season League Level League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cambridge United 1995–96 Division Three 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1996–97 Division Three 4 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 1
1997–98 Division Three 4 25 4 3 1 2 0 0 0 30 5
1998–99 Division Three 4 42 10 2 1 5 4 3 2 52 17
1999–00 Division Two 3 44 20 5 3 2 0 0 0 51 23
Leicester City 2000–01 Premier League 1 21 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 25 1
2001–02 Premier League 1 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2002–03 Division One 2 35 8 1 0 3 1 0 0 39 9
2003–04 Premier League 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2004–05 Championship 2 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Crystal Palace 2001–02 Division One 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Norwich City 2001–02 Division One 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
West Bromwich Albion 2001–02 Division One 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Gillingham 2003–04 Division One 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Rushden & Diamonds 2003–04 Division Two 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2003–04 Division Two 3 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 5
Northampton Town 2004–05 League Two 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Coventry City 2004–05 Championship 2 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Peterborough United 2005–06 League Two 4 20 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 24 3
2006–07 League Two 4 27 7 3 0 2 2 1 0 33 9
Watford 2005–06 Champtionship 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Swindon Town 2005–06 League One 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Boston United 2006–07 League Two 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Walsall 2006–07 League Two 4 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Hereford United 2007–08 League Two 4 34 10 6 1 2 0 1 0 43 11
Gainsborough Trinity 2008–09 Conference North 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Northwich Victoria 2008–09 Conference 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Hednesford Town 2008–09 NPL Premier 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Wellingborough Townmarker 2008–09 UCL Premier 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Kidsgrove Athleticmarker 2008–09 NPL South 8 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
Tamworth 2009–10 Conference 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Harrogate Town 2009–10 Conference North 6 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Woking 2009–10 Conference South 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 388 88 26 7 19 7 7 3 440 105


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