b. Telford 18 December 1988
Debut 12 January 2016 (27y 25d)
First Goal 27 February 2016
CAREER:Thomas Telford School;Wolverhampton Wanderers Mar’07;Crewe Alexandra Oct’07-Jan’08 (loan)[4+5-1];Bury Jan’08-Jun’09 (loan)[66+1-4];Brighton and Hove Albion Aug’09[88+1-13];Norwich City Jun’11(£1,000,000)[35+32-2);Brighton and Hove Albion Nov’14-Jan’15 (loan);Bristol City Oct’15-Jan’16(loan);Blackburn Rovers Jan’16.
SQUAD NUMBER 31 Jan’16
FL 112 + 15 apps 8 gls - 17 wdn 27 ns 1 og
FAC 9 + 1 apps 1gl - 1 wdn 1 ns
FLC 2 + 1 apps 2 ns
ELT 1 app 1 ns
Total 124 + 17 apps 9 gls -18wdn +376m -446m 31 ns 1 og
Penalty record (SO) T 1 Sc 1
Sent off 2
Bennett had sufficient speed to represent Shropshire Schools at the English Schools Championships. He was with Wolverhampton Wanderers from the age of twelve but found it impossible to break into the first team and enjoyed a long and successful loan period at Bury.This prompted Brighton to sign him and he helped them to promotion before moving to Norwich. A serious ligament injury prevented him playing for nearly all the 2013/14 season and in January 2016 he re-joined his Norwich manager, Paul Lambert, at the Rovers. Qualified to play for Jamaica through his paternal grandparents he was called to the international squad in 2015. In the following season he was injured and was never the choice of the manager Owen Coyle but a new manager, Tony Mowbray, restored him to the first team. In an unavailing relegation fight he proved a surprise leader, never sparing himself in closing defenders down and also supplying some long range shots that few had previously glimpsed in his arsenal. The following season was sufficient to move him towards legendary status. In a campaign that produced promotion he was inspirational, his versatility enabled him to play in a variety of positions, often in the same game, and his drive and determination created one of those bonds with the fans that few players attain. A rise of a division produced problems but he retained the confidence of his manager who always found a position for him in the team.