Ben Thornley Profile

Ben Thorn­ley struggled to break in­to the Man­chester Uni­ted fir­st el­ev­en, how­ever, and the frus­trated flanker ev­entually be­came a fringe play­er at Old Traf­ford. The fi­nal blow came when he suf­fered knee lig­a­ment dam­age dur­ing a re­serve ga­me ag­ainst Black­burn Rov­ers due to a rough tack­le by Ew­ood Park de­fender Nicky Mark­er who he la­ter sued. Fol­low­ing a loan spell at Stock­port Coun­ty and two loan spells at Hud­dersfield To­wn, the play­er fi­nally sig­ned a per­man­ent con­tract wi­th The Ter­ri­ers at the end of the 1997-98 sea­son af­ter ma­king on­ly nine Pre­mier Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted. Whi­le wi­th Hud­dersfield, Thornton pro­ceeded to play clo­se to 100 Foot­ball Lea­gue mat­ches for the West York­shire club be­fore the wing­man de­cided to join for­ces wi­th Scot­tish Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am Ab­er­deen at the be­gin­ning of the 2001-02 cam­paign. Ben Thorn­ley Play­ing Ca­reer: Man­chester Uni­ted, Stock­port Coun­ty, Hud­dersfield To­wn, Ab­er­deen, Black­pool, Hal­i­fax To­wn, Bacup Bor­ough, Salford City, Wilmslow Al­bion, Wit­ton Al­bion. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.

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