david bentley - fact file

2008 - 2013        winger


Born on 27th August 1984 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 9")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)


A talented, but controversial winger who made the move to Spurs after starting his career at Arsenal, David Bentley was a confident player, who has the ability to create things out of nothing.

As a youngster, he had the pick of Tottenham and Arsenal, who were both chasing his services.  He plumped for the Highbury club, but despite signing as a professional in 2001, he had to wait until 2003 for his debut and until May 2004 until he first featured in the Premier League.

Sent out to Norwich City to get first team experience, Bentley played in their first season back in the Premiership, but he could not help them stay up and they returned to the Championship and he returned to Arsenal in the close season.  He wasn't there for long, as he was loaned out again, this time to Blackburn Rovers for the 2005-06 season, but in January 2006, he signed permanently for the Ewood Park club for an undisclosed fee.  He became a favourite at Rovers, with his good delivery into the forwards Benni McCarthy and then Roque Santa Cruz that saw the team achieve qualification for the UEFA Cup.  In February 2006 he further enhanced his career with a hat-trick against Manchester United to help the side win 4-3.

Having been involved with the England Under-21 set-up since his debut in 2004, Bentley became the first English player to score at the new Wembley on March 2006, when he hit the net against Italy U21 in a 3-3 draw.  He signed an extension to his contract in February 2007, putting his name to a deal which would keep him at Blackburn until 2011, but his reputation was growing and in May of that year, he was called up for an England B cap against Albania, when he took the plaudits as man of the match for the side that contained Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas.  His display was followed by a call-up for the full squad's matches against Brazil and Estonia, but David did not feature in the squad.  The Under-21s had qualified for the European Championships that summer and despite being picked to travel to Holland for the finals, Bentley pulled out, saying he was too fatigued to play any more games following a hard season.  His choice not to represent his country back-fired on him, with new England manager Steve McClaren omitting him from his squad for the first friendly of the season as a punishment and then when he did get his full debut at home to Israel, he was booed by the fans for wanting to represent his country.

In between, he continued to star for Blackburn and help them progress in the UEFA Cup, but in April 2008, Bentley revealed a gambling habit, which saw him making multiple bets each day and his girlfriend helped him deal with the issue by getting him interested in do-it-yourself, otherwise he would have been in a downward spiral of addiction.

With Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes adamant that he did not have to sell Bentley, rumours about interest in the winger began ahead of the summer transfer window and when Hughes move don to take over at Manchester City, David made it known that he too wanted to move clubs.  With Tottenham coming in with offers shortly after the season had ended, they were initially knocked back by Rovers, as Aston Villa also tried to tempt Bentley away from Ewood Park.  In the end, it was at the end of July when Bentley signed for a fee that could reach 15 million. 

His early form under the management of Juande Ramos failed to impress, as he was played out of position (even at left back) and his criticism of the Spanish coach came just before Tottenham sacked Ramos in an attempt to halt their poor form at the start of the season that left Spurs with two points from eight games.  With Harry Redknapp taking over as manager, Bentley's form improved and he scored a stunning volley from thirty yards out in the 4-4 draw at Arsenal. 

Had a troubled remained of the season, as Harry Redknapp could not understand why the club had spent big money on a right winger, when Aaron Lennon was already playing right wing.  Bents knuckled down and trained well, without criticising the manager and had the courage to step up at Wembley to take a penalty in the League Cup Final shoot-out, although his effort missed the target.

Ended the season out of the side and picked up a dead leg in pre-season that kept him out of much of the build-up to the 2009-2010 campaign.  Looked fit against Olympiakos, but then crashed his car in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire when drunk at the wheel of his Porsche in the week before the season started.  His performances were limited to the odd substitute appearance and then a few games towards the end of the season when he came in to relieve Aaron Lennon and he didn't do too badly. 

However, a poor showing in the League Cup tie against Arsenal at the start of the 2010-11 campaign saw the crowd get on his back and he went out on loan to Birmingham City in the January transfer window for the remainder of the season to get some first team game time.  It was not a hugely successful move, as he was not a regular in the side, suffered injury, walked out of the ground after being left out for a game at Wolves and Birmingham ended up getting relegated in the last minute of the last game of the season ... at Tottenham; a game Bentley could not play in for either side because of the Premier League loan rules. 

Things did not improve for the winger over the summer, being shipped out to relegated West Ham United on loan for the season in the August 2011 transfer window, but a knee ligament injury cut that loan very short and he missed the remainder of the season.  Returned to Spurs and got a few run-outs in pre-season under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, but was sent out to FC Rostov in Russia on loan until January 2013.  On his return, he was included in the Spurs Premier League squad for the remainder of the season, but in February, he returned to Ewood Park on loan until the end of the season.  Without getting a regular start with Blackburn, Bentley was once more back to White Hart Lane, but this was to be the last time, as he was one of the players on the released list issued on 7th June 2013.

Officially retired from football in June 2014, saying he didn't enjoy the game as a professional and opened restaurants/clubs in Marbella, Spain and Chigwell, Essex.


NICKNAME :   Bents; Horse (because of his big, white teeth);

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Arsenal 2001 - 4th January 2003  v  Oxford United (FA Cup) (Home) won 3-0 5 + 4 as a sub 1
Norwich City 6th July 2004 Loan ??  23 + 5 as a sub 2
Blackburn Rovers 31st August 2005 Loan ??  ?? ??
Blackburn Rovers January 2006 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 30th July 2008 17,000,000 16th August 2008  v Middlesbrough (Premier League) (away)  lost 1-2 ?? ??
Birmingham City 13th January 2011 Loan 16th January 2011  v  Aston Villa (Premier League) (away)  drew 1-1 ?? ??
West Ham United 31st August 2011 Loan 10th September 2011  v  Portsmouth (Championship) (home)  won 4-3 2 + 3 as a sub 0
FC Rostov (Russia) 1st September 2012 Loan ??  ?? ??
Blackburn Rovers 15th February 2013 Loan 16th January 2013  v  Arsenal (FA Cup) (away)  (as a sub) won 1-0 ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
1 League appearances; 0 goals
0 + 3 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
4 League Cup appearances; 1 goal
0 + 1 as a sub European appearances; 0 goals
Norwich City (loan)
22 + 4 as a sub League appearances; 2 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 + 1 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
Blackburn Rovers (loan)
12 + 2  League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
5 League Cup appearances; 1 goal
Blackburn Rovers
84 + 4 as a sub League appearances; 13 goals
7 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
4 League Cup appearances; 1 goal
14 European appearances; 4 goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Birmingham City (loan)

9 + 4 as a sub League appearances; 0 goals
0 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
West Ham United (loan)
2 + 3 as a sub League appearances; 0 goals
0 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 0 goal
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
FC Rostov (Russia) (loan)
?? as a sub League appearances; ?? goals
?? as a sub FA Cup appearances; ?? goal
?? League Cup appearances; ?? goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

England international  (as at 06.12.2008)
Debut : -  v Israel (home)  won 3-0   8th September 2007
6 full caps;  - goals
1 B caps;  - goals
Debut : -  v Albania (at Burnley FC)  won 3-1  25th May 2007 
Under-21 caps; goals
Debut :  v Holland  (at Hull City FC) 17th February 2004 (scored once)
League Cup runners-up medal 2008-2009 (THFC)

- appearance


August 2009

Crashed his 98,000 Porsche 911 Turbo into a lamp-post on the B156 in Judge's Hill, Northaw, Herts just before 03:00 hours on 13th August 2009 after drinking with the band Jet after a concert in Shoreditch, East London.  The Spurs winger was breathalysed and was found to be 16ml of alcohol over the limit of 35ml, so was arrested at the scene and taken to a police station in Hatfield. 

Bentley appeared at St. Albans Magistrate's Court on 28th August 2009 and was banned from driving for a year and fined 500 and 100 in costs.



What they said about David Bentley
Harry Redknapp (Spurs manger) ... about Bentley's fall out of form     September 2011 (Sky Sports magazine)

"David had really gone off the rails.  He'd thrown the towel in and he was hard work every day in training.  But I didn't hold a grudge against him.  When Aaron Lennon got injured I put David back in.  People said to me, 'You can't play him, he doesn't deserve to play.'  I just explained that his head had been down and he didn't see any light at the end of the tunnel.  It was his chance and let's see if he can take it.  And he did.  He came back and was great for us."

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What David Bentley said about ...
... joining Tottenham Hotspur ...  31.07.2008 (Football 365)

"It means the world to join Tottenham. Gazza was my favourite player, all my mates are Tottenham fans and there's a piece of my heart at this club.

I didn't think they would be interested in me and when it became available there was nowhere else I wanted to go."

... on having played at Arsenal in the past ...  31.07.2008 (Football 365)

"That's in the past, I grew up through the Arsenal youth team but it's not a problem for me, all my heart is at Tottenham and all my passion will be tunnelled into doing well for Tottenham."

... about his favourite TV programme in a magazine interview ...  11.08.2008 (Daily Mirror)

"I'm always watching 'BBC Parliament'.  It's good banter, all those old fellas giving it, heckling Gordon Brown.  My favourite is David Cameron - he really hammers them."

... on playing in the 4-4 draw at Arsenal ...  01.11.2008 (THFC programme)

"It's probably the best night of my career so far.  I'm an emotional wreck at the moment !"

... on scoring his goal against Arsenal in the 4-4 draw  ... 01.11.2008 (THFC programme)

"We had a team meeting before the game and Clive (Allen) actually pointed out that the keeper comes off his line and sometimes right out on the edge of the box.  That was still in my head early in the game.  The ball sat up and I caught it perfectly.  I went mad !"

... signing for Spurs ...  July 2008 (Daily Mail 16.01.2011)

"I have to earn my right to be at this club, a club that is in my heart.  I've had to fight for everything I've got, but that's how it has to be.  For a team to be a success we all have to fight for each other."

... on joining Birmingham City on loan ...  January 2011 (Daily Mail 16.01.2011)

"People will watch to see how I react here.  I'm going to have to graft.  If I do the groundwork, the running, I know my quality will come through.  I do care about things.  People sometimes get this perception of me, that I'm a big-time Charlie.  but that is not true.  I love playing football.  I originally left Arsenal to play."

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