darren bent - fact file

2007 - 2009        forward



Born on 6th February 1984 in Tooting, South London, England.

Height : -  1.82m  (5'11")

Weight : -  83.3 kgs

Born in South London, despite many sources quoting his birthplace as Cambridge, which was where he moved to (Huntingdon) when a child and attended Hinchingbrooke School.

Darren was a junior athlete with a time of 10.5 seconds for 100m and was an accomplished long jumper.

As a youngster, he made rapid progress through the youth ranks at Ipswich Town, being part of the side that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2000-2001, having already signed professional and featured in the reserves.  In November of that year, Darren made his Ipswich Town debut as a substitute in a UEFA Cup tie against Swedish club Helsingborg at the age of 17 and in the same month scored his first goal against Newcastle United.

At the end of the 2001-02 season, Ipswich were relegated, but they qualified for the UEFA Cup once more through the Fair Play system.  In October 2002, Darren scored his first European goal against Slovan Liberec.  Scoring 18 goals that season, he went into the following campaign confident and scored the only goal against West Ham United in the Division One promotion play-off final first leg, something that happened the following season too and when the Tractor Boys lost out for the second year running, the club decided to cash in on the striker and sold him to Charlton Athletic in June 2005 for anything between 2.7 million to 3.5 million (depending on the source).  Darren scored twice on his debut against Sunderland to start a successful first season with the Premiership Player of the Month award, saw him finish as top scorer in his first season at the Valley with 22 goals and get voted Charlton's Player of the Year.  Was runner-up to Wayne Rooney in the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

In July 2006, Bent signed a four year extension to his contract, won the Addicks' Player of the Season award again for 2005-06 and despite being injured during 2006-07, netted 15 times.

Gained England caps at Youth and Under-21 level, where he scored heavily, before finally earning a full debut against Uruguay at Anfield on 1st March 2006.  Missed out on a place in the England squad for the 2006 World Cup despite being the highest English goal-scorer in the Premier League.

On relegation, there was much rumour that Darren would be bought up by one of the Premiership's big names, with Liverpool and Spurs in the running, but he turned down a move to West Ham United, who offered 70,000 a week and met Charlton's valuation of 17 million.  Liverpool looked elsewhere to sign Torres and that left Spurs with the opening to sign Bent for 16.5 million on a six year deal and on wages of approximately 35,000 (so it was reported.  With Ipswich's sell-on clause kicking in and a condition that if he played two back-to-back England matches, they would receive 200,000, the amount Charlton paid the Suffolk side was 2.58 million.

Struggled to adapt in his first season at Spurs and injuries did not help, but was on the bench in the League Cup Final, getting a winners medal in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea.  Played the following season's final in the penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester United, but even though he finished top scorer for the club in season 2009-10, he was constantly linked with moves away from White Hart Lane and in the summer transfer window, he eventually signed for Sunderland in a long running transfer saga.  His fee was initially 10 million, but would rise to the 16.5 million Tottenham paid for him if certain criteria were met.

Spent a season and a half at the Stadium of Light and scored 32 goals in 58 games for the Black Cats, but surprisingly put in a transfer request a day before being transferred to Aston Villa for a fee that could total 24 million if certain conditions are met.  Spurs were to receive 20% of the profit made by Sunderland from the sale of the forward as part of the transfer that took him away from White Hart Lane.  Bent marked his Villa debut with the only  goal of the match against Manchester City.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Ipswich Town (scholar) July 2000 - ??  ?? ??
Ipswich Town (professional) 2nd July 2001 - 18.11.2001 v Bolton Wanderers 116 + 25 as a sub 55
Charlton Athletic 1st June 2005 3,000,000 ??  77 + 2 as a sub 37
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 29th June 2007 16,500,000 11th August 2007 v Sunderland (Premier League) (Away) lost 0-1 ?? ??
Sunderland 5th August 2009 16,500,000 (cond.) ??  ?? ??
Aston Villa 18th January 2011 24,000,000 (cond.) 22nd January 2011 v Manchester City (Premier league) (home)  won 1-0 scored once ?? ??
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Career breakdown

Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts


Ipswich Town 5 1 0 2 1 0 - - - 7 2 0
200203 Ipswich Town 35 12 0 5 5 0 3 1 0 43 18 0
200304 Ipswich Town 39 17 4 2 0 0 - - - 41 17 4
200405 Ipswich Town 47 20 12 3 0 0 - - - 50 20 12
  Total 126 50 16 12 6 0 3 1 0 141 57 16
200506 Charlton Athletic 36 18 3 8 4 1 - - - 44 22 4
200607 Charlton Athletic 32 13 1 5 2 0 - - - 37 15 1
  Total 68 31 4 13 6 1 - - - 81 37 5


England international
13 full caps;  4 goals  (as of 20.05.2012)
Under-21 - 14 caps; 8 goals
Under-19 - 12 caps; 8 goals
Under-17 - ?? caps; ?? goals
Under-16 - 11 caps; ?? goals
Under-15 - 8 caps; ?? goals
League Cup Winners medal 2007-2008 (THFC)
League Cup runners-up medal 2008-2009 (THFC)


Cautioned by Police after being caught firing air gun pellets at a youngster who was pestering him.
Favourite country visited : - USA, especially Los Angeles
Favourite journey : -  Up the A1 to Cambridge to visit his mum
Favourite car : -  Range Rover
Favourite magazine : - Stuff
Most played CD : -  Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
Favourite track : -  Rock With you by  Michael Jackson
Poster on bedroom wall : -  Michael Jackson and Ian Wright
First team played for : -  Sunday league side Donald Rovers in Croydon
Team-mate who made it in pro football : -  Wade Small (Wimbeldon and Sheffield Wednesday)
Sports played at school : -  Badminton, Basketball, Table tennis, Rugby
Most prized possession : -  League Cup Winners medal 2008
Preferred area to live : -  Countryside, as has a house in Cambridgeshire
Essential accessory : -  iPod
Invention you wish had not been realised : -  Nuclear bomb

First match attended : - Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Bright and Wright were playing for Palace)
First record bought : -  Ain't Nobody by Kid 'n' Play
Hobby as a youngster : -  Playing marbles
First school : -  West Thornton
First crush as a child : -  My English teacher
First holiday abroad : - Jamaica when six
First pair of boots : -  John Fashanu Quasars
First bad haircut : - When six or seven had a Nike swoosh in the back of his head
First football team : - Donald Rovers when 8
First time wanted to be a professional footballer : - about 13
First time in a newspaper : -  About 10 when scored winning goal in the South England Schools Cup Final
First hero met : -  None, but would like to meet Ian Wright
First professional goal : -  For Ipswich Town v Newcastle United (League Cup); on a substitute at 0-4 down
First time in hospital : -  For his birth !!
First time drove a car : - Passing my test at 21
First football medal : -  South England Schools Cup Final winners medal
First film seen : - The Disney film 'The Rescuers Down Under' when six
First autograph signed : -  When nine a girl at school asked so that she could be the first to have his autograph, although it has changed since then.
First time called up by England : -  At 14 or 15 for England Schools for a Victory Shield match
First meal cooked : - Years ago, probably breakfast for my Mum
Last time used public transport : - Two weeks ago taking a bus from one end of Oxford Street to the other
Last visit to cinema : - To see Cloverfield
Last time went food shopping : -  Two months ago when there was nothing in the house and I went to Tesco
Last time bought flowers : -  Mother's Day
Last book read : -  David Beckham's autobiography
Last time you wished had done something else : -  Every time a chance is missed
Last time bought a suit : - About three weeks ago
Last concert attended : -  About a year ago to see 50 Cent
Last time thought you would rather not be here : - When in treatment room
Last time you were really nervous : -  Before the League Cup Final.  Not nervous before penalty against PSV Eindhoven in shoot-out, as I knew where it was going
Last sport (other than football) played : -  Basketball this week with my cousin
Last time climbed a tree : -  When about 10
Last time got lost : -  About three or four months ago in London
Last time did the washing up : - Monday
Last time recognised in public : - The other day at the petrol station
Last time told off by parents : - By my Mum all the time for spending too much on bits and bobs
Last time swam in sea : -  Last year in Miami
Last great meal : -  On Monday at Chez Gerrard in Barnet
Last soap watched : - EastEnders this week
Last time you thought about life after football : - Every day
Last time you missed a penalty : -  For Ipswich Town v Brighton, put it over the bar
Last time you downloaded a track onto your iPod : - Monday night; the new Rick Ross album

Car driven : -  Aston Martin
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What they said about Darren Bent
George Burley (former manager at Ipswich Town) ... 29.06.07 (Daily Mail)

"Darren is still a young and enthusiastic lad," he maintained. "He was always a great athlete a willing runner and real worker. He always looked to have a real eye for a goal and he has continued in that vein.

"You know he will always score you goals, run the other side of defences and use his pace and stamina to good effect. He is good in the air and is a real team player.

"He has kept working hard on his game and I believe he will be a very good signing for Spurs." Tottenham may have paid a high price to Charlton for Bent but Burley believes it is no more than the going rate for a young forward who will still recoup plenty of money even if he fails to make the most of his new challenge.

"Home-grown players cost more than foreign imports because most managers want British players.

"Goal-scorers are always at a premium and the amounts of money coming into the game from Sky and now Setanta will inflate prices in the transfer market," Burley insisted.

Shaun Bartlett (Former Charlton Athletic team-mate) ... 20th July 2007 (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)
"I rate him as one of the better - if not best - finishers in England.

"Nine out of ten times he will score. I was impressed by him when I played with him at Charlton and I was not surprised when Spurs paid 16.5million for him. He is that good."

Joe Royle (former manager at Ipswich Town) ... 24th June 2007 (Daily Mail)
"If I was Darren, I would sit myself down with an armful of Gary Lineker DVDs and study them," said Royle.

"They have very similar attributes.  People would say there wasn't a lot more to Lineker's game than scoring goals, which always made me smile because scoring goals is what the game is all about.  He was probably the best in the game at getting behind defenders and finishing.  Lineker's movement and desire and aggression to get on to the ball would be a great example for Darren to follow.  All the attributes are there and there's no reason why he can't get to the level Lineker did."

"He has to do it on a bigger stage," conceded Royle.  "The prices are amazing but it's all down to supply and demand.  He is one of the top goal-scorers in the division.  There are still holes in his game and he has to fill all those holes if he is to be successful at international level.  But he's a young lad learning his job.  He is not shy of work or dedication."

Matt Holland (Former team-mate at Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic) ... 24th June 2007 (Daily Mail)
Every time he has been asked the question he has scored goals."

"In the Ipswich youth team he scored 20 a season, the same in the reserves and the same in the first team.  He came to the Premier League and got 20.  His goal-scoring record speaks for itself.  At the top end of the table he is likely to get even more chances.  He is not afraid of missing.  If he misses, he will score the next time.

"He's a top-class player and a top-class professional.  He is always the first one out on the training field and the last one in.  He deserves the success that is coming his way."

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What Darren Bent said about ...
The 3-2 comeback win over Aalborg in the UEFA Cup ...   November 2007 (Daily Mail)

"This performance today shows that other teams are going to have to score more goals than us if they want to beat us."

Moving to Aston Villa ...  18.01.2011 (Sky Sports website)

"I've shown in the past when I could have gone to West Ham for a lot more money, but I chose Tottenham for footballing reasons and I've done the same here."

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