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Posted 14th April 2014 at 11:57 am

The nephew of Boro Chairman Steve Gibson, Ben was an integral part of the record-breaking backline on which Boro built their promotion success in the 2015/16 season.

Equally at home at left-back or in central defence, Nunthorpe-born Ben has made winning trophies a good habit early in his career for both club and country.


He turned professional on July 1 2010 as one of six Academy players handed their first pro contracts, along with Luke Williams, Bruno Pilatos, David Atkinson, Matthew Dolan and Paul Weldon.


Just a few weeks earlier, in May 2010, he was part of the first England men's team to win a major tournament for 17 years when they lifted the UEFA European U17 Championship.


He was an unused substitute alongside Williams as Pilatos helped England come from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in Liechtenstein.


He had earlier been part of the Boro team that won the Nike Cup in 2008 before beating Real Madrid and Juventus and remaining unbeaten in the European finals.

And alongside Pilatos and young forward Jake Fowler, he helped England U17s lift the Nordic Cup in Norway in August 2009.


Ben, who has has been with Boro since signing from Marton when he was 12, came off the bench in the 53rd minute and grabbed a vital equaliser as England came from behind and went on to beat Scotland 3-2 after extra-time, having been two goals down with four minutes remaining.

His first team debut came as a substitute for Andrew Davies shortly before half-time in Boro's 2-1 win over Coventry City on April 25 2011.


Early in the 2011/12 season Ben spent a successful spell on loan at Plymouth Argyle, playing 16 games between August and December as they fought an ultimately successful battle against relegation.


Later in the campaign he joined York City, helping the Minstermen win the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final against Luton Town and then returning to Wembley to lift the FA Trophy eight days later.


At the start of 2012-13 he went on loan to League One Tranmere Rovers and had played every minute of the season for Ronnie Moore table-topping side before returning to Boro with a thigh injury.

He also signed a new four-year contract committing him to Boro until 2016 and he became a regular member of the first team squad in 2013/14, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at the Riverside in October 2013.


In summer 2014 his progress was rewarded with a call-up to the England U21
squad to face Wales in a UEFA qualifier before joining the U20 party for the Toulon Tournament, helping Gareth Southgate’s team finish fourth.  


The nephew of Boro Chairman Steve Gibson, Ben was an integral part of the record-breaking backline on which Boro built their promotion success in the 2015/16 season.

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