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Ben Alnwick

Benjamin Robert "Ben" Alnwick (born 1 January 1987) is an English association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as a Goalkeeper (association football). Ben Alnwick has also been capped at under-16 and under-18 level for the England team.

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Ben Alnwick biography

Benjamin Robert "Ben" Alnwick (born 1 January 1987) is an English association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as a Goalkeeper (association football). Ben Alnwick has also been capped at under-16 and under-18 level for the England team.

Club career


Alnwick was born in the small Northumberland town of Prudhoe. Ben Alnwick spent Ben Alnwick boyhood years playing for the Prudhoe youth side. Ben Alnwick started Ben Alnwick professional career at Sunderland A.F.C., and came to prominence at the climax of their 2004-05 in English football Football League Championship-winning season, replacing the injured Thomas Myhre for Sunderland's last three games. Ben Alnwick performances against Leicester City F.C. and West Ham United F.C., the games that won Sunderland A.F.C promotion to the Premier League and Championship win respectively, were impressive. In November 2005, Ben Alnwick spent a stint as the number one goalkeeper at Sunderland, replacing Kelvin Davis. Despite impressing, particularly in Sunderland's 3–2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. where Ben Alnwick made a penalty save from Robbie Keane Alnwick was dropped in favour of Kelvin Davis. After the departure of Davis to Southampton F.C., Alnwick was given the number one shirt for the 2006-07 in English football.

After a disappointing start to the season 2006–07 season, Alnwick was relegated to the substitutes bench in favour of Darren Ward (goalkeeper) by new boss Roy Keane.

Tottenham Hotspur

Just two days after the January 2007 transfer window had opened, Alnwick joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £900,000 in a deal that could rise to £1.3 million and saw Márton Fülöp going the other way for £500,000.

Loan moves

In September 2007 Ben Alnwick was loaned to Football League One side Luton Town F.C. on a three-month loan deal. Ben Alnwick was recalled from Luton in October, due to an injury to Paul Robinson (goalkeeper). However, on 7 January 2008, Alnwick joined Leicester City on loan until the end of the season.
Alnwick made Ben Alnwick league debut in an M69 Derby on 12 January, keeping a clean sheet as Leicester won 2–0 at the Walkers Stadium. Ben Alnwick kept four clean sheets in eight league games, conceding six goals before suffering a thigh injury as Leicester were relegated from the Championship.

On 16 October 2008, Alnwick joined League One side Carlisle United F.C. on an initial one-month loan deal and was recalled by Tottenham after the one month loan ended to become another serious option for the first team goal-keeper position.

Return to Tottenham Hotspur

Alnwick made Ben Alnwick debut for Tottenham in a Football League Cup semi-final second leg against Burnley F.C., which ended in a 3–2 loss, although Tottenham won 6–4 on aggregate.

Loan to Norwich City

In July 2009, Ben Alnwick signed on loan at Norwich City F.C. for three months. Alnwick made Ben Alnwick debut in the 4–0 win over Yeovil Town F.C. and kept a clean sheet. Ben Alnwick returned to Tottenham on 5 September after picking up a hip injury that was expected to keep Ben Alnwick out for six weeks.

Return to Tottenham

Ben Alnwick first Premier League game for Tottenham was at Burnley F.C. on the final day of the 2009-10 season, 9 May; Ben Alnwick conceded four goals as Burnley won 4–2.

More loan moves

On 14 October 2010 Alnwick joined Leeds United A.F.C. on loan for 28 days. Alnwick was named on the bench against Middlesbrough F.C. and Leicester City F.C..

Alnwick moved to Doncaster Rovers F.C. on 4 March 2011 and stayed until 9 April 2011 after their goalkeeper Neil Sullivan became injured. Ben Alnwick was an unused sub in games against Leeds United and Coventry City F.C.. Later in the year, Ben Alnwick made eight appearances on loan for Leyton Orient F.C..

International career

Alnwick received Ben Alnwick first call-up to the England national under-21 football team ahead of the 15 August 2006 match against Moldova. Still awaiting Ben Alnwick debut, Alnwick was named in Stuart Pearce's first squad as England under-21 coach, alongside another uncapped goalkeeper, Joe Hart. Ben Alnwick was not chosen to start the match, on 6 February 2007, against Spain national under-21 football team.

Alnwick was named in the first England U21 squad to play at the new Wembley against Italy national under-21 football team on 24 March 2007, but Ben Alnwick remained an unused sub. Ben Alnwick was also named in England's squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in the Netherlands. Ben Alnwick debuted a year after Ben Alnwick first call-up, in a friendly against Romania national under-21 football team at Ashton Gate. Ben Alnwick came on for the second half as a substitute for Joe Hart, and kept a clean sheet.

Personal life

Ben Alnwick younger brother Jak, who is also a goalkeeper, was at the Prudhoe local youth clubs and the Sunderland youth academy but joined North East rivals Newcastle United F.C. as a first year scholar in 2008. Jak won Newcastle's "Wor Jackie" award (named after legend Jackie Milburn) for best under-18 player in 2011.

Alnwick has been in an on-off relationship with Ben Alnwick childhood sweetheart since 2007.

Sex tape scandal

On 7 December 2006, tabloid newspaper The Sun (newspaper) reported Alnwick, along with team-mates Chris Brown (footballer born 1984) and Liam Lawrence had filmed themselves in an orgy with a brunette girl referred to as 'Stevie'. In the video, Brown films Ben Alnwick team-mates perform sex on the girl as well as themselves, and is said to give "Match of the Day" style commentary throughout. Former Sunderland midfielder Martin Woods also features on the tape partially clothed, along with two other men. In reference to the watching men, Brown reportedly comments “Here’s the boys — the watching faithful — every week without fail.”

On 8 December, The Sun reported that the girl in the video was just 16 years old, with the girl claiming she had no idea she was being filmed.


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