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The Story of Cramlington Juniors FC

The Story of Cramlington Juniors FC

The yearning to play a good standard of football is a mania within the North East of England.

No man who plays football should be so stubborn, so conceited, so arrogant or so accomplished that he should not constantly strive to improve his game. He may not care to admit this to others; he may pretend that mediocrity is more than enough for him. This man is telling a white lie and he knows it. He wants desperately to play at the highest standard possible.

Cramlington Juniors Football Club attempts to provide the opportunities relevant to this criteria and was a fundamental vision held by the founder members of the club.

In 1973 Father Cass, a local Catholic Priest, keen to maintain strong links with the community was busy going about his usual work of looking to provide organised activities for youngsters within the locality. At the same time two local men, Tommy Orrick and Bob Leask, had a vision to form a local Junior Football Club. Discussions took place with Father Cass, his pupils, Tommy & Bob and Cramlington Juniors were born.

Hard work, good organisation, an abundance of humour, coupled with Tommy’s tremendous experience within the game (former Wembley Amateur Cup Winner) provided the youngsters with a sense of belonging. About this time the Club appointed its first Chairman Eddie Conway. Eddie was to serve the club well until he left in 1982.

Following friendly matches, using various facilities, discussions took place with the relevant authorities and the Club managed to attain a base to operate from – Ann Welfare – still to this day the home of Cramlington Juniors Football Club.

Team managers were appointed, for the ever increasing number of teams now operating through the Northumberland Football Association and competing within the Northumberland Association of Boys Clubs – Junior Football Competitions – the Club grew and quickly gained a very good reputation.

Numerous contacts and associations were formed within the local football scene, however it was the arrival of Jimmy Snowdon, an influential and charismatic man who was to eventually proceed with imaginative plans to expand and develop the Club into what it is today.

Assisted by Ken Sinton (father of Andy) and several colleagues, the Club entered an exciting phase with Jimmy Snowdon becoming Chairman in 1982, and after steady progress, David Laws as Secretary formed an almost telepathic understanding with the Chairman to provide a platform for the Club to make massive progress during the 1980`s.

Following excursions abroad, the Club formed superb relations with clubs in Holland & Switzerland. Participation in international tournaments on the Isle of Wight, and in Ayr, for the Scotland Cup, were great experiences for players and management alike. Indeed, success at these tournaments became a feature of the Club and recognition within the wider game became apparent.

Progress now became the operative word and following strenuous fundraising activity 1988 was to become a remembered year with the opening of a clubhouse, where players, families, sponsors and guests were to form a superb atmosphere and prove the social side of sport to be as strong as ever.
The temporary clubhouse was only the beginning and following discussions with parents of the players, a panel of representatives was established to attempt to turn the facilities into a modern, upmarket permanent facility. This dream became a reality when the current Clubhouse opened on November 14th 1996, with old boys Alan Shearer, Graham Fenton and Tommy Widdrington in attendance.

The late 90s saw an increased participation with the advent of a Northumberland Football Association licensed indoor mini-soccer centre at Astley High School for U8s &U9s, controlled by the Clubs own fully qualified coaching staff.

Prior to the 2001/02 it was agreed that the Club would adopt to a corporate colour strip across all age groups, instead of teams wearing different colours. It was agreed that a distinctive Red and White hoped shirt, white shorts and white socks would be worn by all teams.

2004 saw further improvements to the club infrastructure with the refurbishment of the old changing rooms which  meant the club could boast, 6 changing rooms of a high standard for the youngsters and officials to change in. The static goals were replaced with mobile goals at Ann Welfare and further pitches were made available for our use at Kramel school.

Sadly Monday October 24th 2005 saw our founder Father Cass pass away.

In 2006/07, through the help of The Banks Community Fund, we embarked on an extension to the changing facilites to provide storage for the goals and training  equipment.

2009 saw the club set up the CJ Development Centre to aimed at providing a quality coaching structure for U5 & U6 players prior to their introduction into mini soccer via our U7s teams. This has proven to be very successful with a number of players from the Development Centre progressing on to professional club academies.

 

 

 

Many former players have gone on to play professionally, some of our more famous ‘old boys’ can be read about below:

Alan Shearer
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Alan Shearer is one of the best known names in English football. He retired from the game as Newcastle United’s greatest goalscorer of all-time.

Alan was born in Gosforth on the 13th August 1970, and first showed a real interest in football at the age of six like most kids in the area, playing in the back street or playing on some rough ground.
It wasn’t just a dream for Alan, from the first time he could kick a football he wanted to be a professional footballer. With his heart set on becoming a professional footballer, he was soon demonstrating that he had enough talent to go a long way.
During his boys club years he played for Cramlington Juniors and was a prolific goalscorer. A local scout, Jack Hickson, spotted Alan playing for Cramlington and realised he was something special. It was Jacks’ recommendation that persuaded Southampton to sign Alan on apprenticeship terms at the age of 15 from Cramlington Juniors.

 

Southampton158 appearances, 42 goals

Blackburn Rovers171 appearances, 130 goals

Newcastle United404 appearances, 206 goals

England63 appearances, 30 goals

Steven Taylor
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Steven was born in Greenwich, London on the 23rd January 1986 but moved to Whitley Bay just before his 1st birthday.
Even at a young age Steven was already showing promising signs and joined local boys clubs but couldn’t get a game so he decided to try Cramlington Juniors. Cramlington recognised his potential and Steven was given the opportunity to play and took it with both hands. As luck would have it, an early training session with Cramlington Juniors saw Newcastle United scouts in attendance. John Carver liked what he saw offered Taylor the chance to join the Newcastle United Development Centre. Steven’s talent and dedication saw him progress quickly eventually joined the Newcastle United Academy squad. Steven remains at Newcastle United to this day having become a true ‘local hero’ to the Newcastle United fans and a reminder to all local boys club players of what can be achieved!

Wycombe Wanderers (on loan) – 6 appearances, 0 goals

Newcastle United (up to May 2016) – 264 appearances, 15 goals

Andy Sinton
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Andy was born in Cramlington on the 19th March 1966. As a schoolboy footballer at Cramlington Juniors he represented the England Under 15 team before he signed for Cambridge United upon leaving school, making his debut aged 16 years 228 days in November 1982.

Following successive relegations with Cambridge, Andy was signed by Brentford FC in 1985 for just £25,000. 1989 saw Andy complete a move to QPR for £350,000 and went on to play 160 league games, scoring 22 goals. Andy played for QPR in the first year of the Premiership (1992) before moving to Sheffield Wednesday for a then club record £2.75million in August 1993.

Andy spent two and a half years at Wednesday before returning to London early in 1996, joining Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs clinched the 1999 League Cup, with Andy making a substitute appearance in the final.

He made his last Premiership appearance for Tottenham Hotspur in 1999, before spending three years with Wolverhampton Wanderers before finishing his playing career in non league football.

Andy made his England debut in a 1–1 draw in Poland in November 1991, and went on to acquire 12 caps – including two in Sweden during the 1992 European Championships campaign. His last appearance for his country came in 1993, in the 7–1 rout of San Marino.

Not bad for a lad from Cramlington!

 

Cambridge United93 apperances, 3 goals

Brentford149 apperances, 28 goals

Queens Park Rangers161 apperances, 22 goals

Sheffield Wednesday62 appearnces, 3 goals

Tottenham Hotspur83 appearances, 6 goals

Wolverhampton Wanderers – 71 appearances, 3 goals

England12 appearances, 0 goals

Graham Fenton
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Graham was born in Whitley Bay on the 22nd May 1974 and was a prolific goalscorer for Cramlington Juniors before joining Aston Villa as a trainee in June 1990 and turning professional in February 1992.

He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in January 1994, making his league debut against Leicester City before returning to Villa, and making his club debut in a 0–0 Premiership draw at home to Manchester City in February 1994. In March 1994 he played the full 90 minutes in Villa’s  3–1 victory against Manchester United in the League Cup Final at Wembley.

Graham made his only appearance for the England Under-21s on 15 November 1994 in a 1–0 win against Ireland U-21s at St James Park.

In November 1995, Graham made a £1,500,000 move to the reigning Premiership champions Blackburn Rovers but with Alan Shearer in rich goalscoring form his first team opportunities were limited. He scored seven times for Blackburn, including infamously, two as a late substitute against Newcastle United.

In August 1997 Graham moved to Leicester City for a fee of £1,100,000, scoring on his debut a late substitute in the 2–1 win away to Liverpool.

He joined Walsall on loan in March 2000, scoring once against Port Vale, before in August 2000 joining Stoke City on a monthly contract and at the end of the following month signing for St Mirren.

In August 2001 Graham joined Blackpool on a free transfer, before spell on loan with Darlington between September and December 2002.

Graham finished his playing career turning out for local non league team Blyth Spartans.

 

Aston Villa30 appearance, 3 goals

West Bromwich Albion (on loan) – 7 appearances, 3 goals

Blackburn Rovers27 appearance, 7 goals

Leceister City34 appearances, 3 goals

Walsall (on loan) – 9 appearance, 1 goal

Stoke City5 appearances, 1 goal

St Mirren26 appearances, 2 goals

Blackpool15 appearances, 5 goals

Darlington (on loan) – 6 appearances, 1 goal

Jack Colback
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Jack is one of the most recent former Cramlington Juniors player to breakthrough in the professional ranks.

Born in Killingworth on 24th October 1989, Jack played for Cramlington from the age of 7 until signing for Sunderland AFC Academy as an U11. He progressed through the Academy to sign a professional contract with Sunderland on 30th May 2008. First team opportunities proved to be elusive for young Jack until he was sent on loan to Ipswich Town during the 2009/10 season where he made 41 appearances, scoring 5 times before returning to Sunderland to make his Premiership debut for Sunderland at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Coming on as a 77min replacement for Steed Malbranque, Jack was booked in the 85th minute and then received a second yellow in injury time in Sunderland’s 2-1 defeat. Not a debut you are likely to forget!

The 2010/11 season saw another loan spell at Ipswich Town before returning to Sunderland to make 13 apperances. 2011 saw Jack really establish himself at Sunderland playing 40 times in each of the next three season.

In June 2014, with his contract at Sunderland now expired, Jack signed for Newcastle United.

Jack has received one cap for the England U20 team when he played in a 2–0 friendly win against Italy at Loftus Road in March 2009.

On 28 August 2014, Jack received his first call-up to the senior team for the matches against Norway and Switzerland but had to withdraw from the squad with a calf injury.

Sunderland135 appearances, 5 goals

Ipswich Town (on loan) – 55 appearances, 5 goals

Newcastle United – 63 appearances, 5 goals (to June 2016)

Tommy Widdrington
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Born on 1st October 1971 Tommy started his career as a Southampton trainee having followed fellow former Cramlington Juniors player Alan Shearer in joining the south-coast club from the Juniors. He signed his first professional contract with Southampton in May 1990. Tommys first league games came in a short loan spell at Third Division Wigan Athletic at the start of the 1991–92 season before making  his Saints debut at Everton on 1 March 1992.

A tough, no-nonsense midfield player, he survived some frantic managerial changes to carve out a respectable Premier League career over a four-year period for Southampton. He was combative and energetic, comfortable in most areas of the pitch. However he didn’t become a regular player until the 1994–95 season, when he made 28 league appearances without scoring as the Saints finished tenth in the league. He made a further 21 appearances in the 1995–96 season, scoring twice, as the Saints narrowly avoided relegation, but still reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

July 1996, saw Tommy move to Grimsby Town in a £300,000 transfer to Blundell Park, going on to make 89 apperances, scoring 8 goals before moving to Port Vale at the end of the 1998-99 season.

Vale supporters voted him Player of the Year for the 1999–2000 season and manager Brian Horton appointed Tommy as club-captain for the 2000–01 season. He made just over 80 appearances at Vale Park, before being released at the end of the 2000–01 season.

Initially linked with Colchester United,Tommy instead opted to return to his native North East joining up with Hartlepool United.He was a regular for the club appearing 56 times, before he was released in May 2003.

In July 2003 Tommy made his next port of call Macclesfield Town, and became an indispensable player for Town, acting as their captain for the 2004–05 season. In January 2005, a transfer listed Tommy decided to call it a day at Macclesfield and joined former club Port Vale on a non-contract basis.

Tommy finished his playing carear at non-league Salisbury City in 2010.

Tommy has the rare distinction of having played on all 92 league grounds.

 

Wigan Athletic (on loan) – 6 appearances, 0 goals

Southhampton  – 75 appearances, 3 goals

Grimsby Town89 appearances, 8 goals

Port Vale88 appearances, 8 goals

Hartlepool United56 appearances, 5 goals

Macclesfield Town58 appearances, 0 goals

 

Martin Taylor
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Martin was born in Ashington and attended Cramlington High School. He played most of his junior football for Cramlington Juniors before joining Blackburn Rovers as a schoolboy at the age of 17, signing his first full contract at the start of the 1997/98 Season. Early loan spells at Darlington and Stockport served to improve his self-belief and in May 2001 he gained a cap for the England U21s, as a half-time substitute for John Terry in a 3–0 friendly win against Mexico.

In 2002, he played throughout Blackburn’s League Cup campaign, culminating in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Final.

In January 2004, Blackburn accepted a £1.25 million bid from Birmingham so on 2 February 2004, Martin left Blackburn for Birmingham City, signing a three year contract. He made his Birmingham debut in a 3–0 victory against Everton, and in his next game, a 3–1 victory against Boro, he scored his first league goal for the club.

The 2004/5 season saw Martins appearances restricted due to the form of established internationals, Upson, Melchiot and Cunningham. However in the second half of the 2005–06 season he had a long run in the side due to Upson’s ankle injury, a run which coincided with some of Birmingham’s better performances. In recognition of his value to the club, in April 2007 he signed a new three-year contract with an option for a further two years.With

Season 2007/08 saw Birmingham back in the Premier League but competition for places meant that Martin did not play in a single league game in the first two months of the season. On 1 November 2007, he joined Norwich City on a month’s loan scoring once with a diving header against Blackpool.

Martin joined Watford on a free transfer on 29 January 2010 making his Watford debut on 2 February against Sheffield United and he scored his first goal for Watford in a 2–0 win over Bristol City the following week. The 2010/11 season saw Martin start all 46 of Watford’s league games, scoring on six occasions.

On 31 August 2012, Martin signed a two-year deal to take him to newly promoted Championship side Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee. However he made only thirteen appearances for Wednesday in his first season, the last of which came in mid-February 2013 against former club Birmingham City.

Martin did not feature for the first month of the 2013/14 season, and signed for Brentford on 10 September on loan for a month. He made his debut on 14 September at Tranmere and scored within the first two minutes. His loan deal was renewed for a second month before he returned to Wednesday .

He was released at the end of the season without making any further first-team appearances and subsequently retired from professional football.

 

Blackburn Rovers – 124 appearances, 6 goals

Darlington (on loan) – 4 appearances, 0 goals

Stockport County (on loan) – 7 appearances, 0 goals

Birmingham City  – 117 appearances, 3 goals

Norwich City (on loan) – 8 appearances, 1 goals

Watford – 95 appearances, 10 goals

Sheffield Wednesday – 13 appearances, 0 goals

Brentford (on loan) – 5 appearances, 2 goals

 

 

Jamie McGlen
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James McClen was born 13 May 1979 in Cramlington and was known to everybody as “Jamie”

He attended school  in Bedlington and honed his footballing skills at Cramlington Juniors before being invited to attend Newcastle United Academy at the age of 10 after being spotted whilst playing for the Juniors.

Jamie debuted for Newcastle on 5th April 1999 in a 1-1 draw against Spurs. The 1999/2000 saw Jamie feature 12 times for Newcastle including 3 appearances in the UEFA Cup in games against CSKA Sofia & FC Zurich. The 2000/01 saw Jamie drift out of the first team picture so he was loaned out to Scottish Premier League Motherwell for a 3 month spell, appearing 3 times. The start of the  2001/02 season saw Jamie back in the first team picture at Newcastle with appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup against Lokern. He went on to make 8 appearances in the which included a goal in a 4-2 win against Peterborough United in the FA Cup. Jamies final appearance for Newcastle United came as an 87min substitute in the Premier League in a 4-0 win over West Ham United on 19th August 2002. He was never to feature for the first team again and in 2005 was released.

Following his release from Newcastle, Jamie struggled with fitness and the remainder of his professional career saw him have spells at Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town, and Hamilton Academicals.

Newcastle United – 22 appearances, 1 goal

Motherwell (on loan) – 3 appearances, 0 goals

Carlisle United – 5 appearances, 0 goals

Shrewsbury Town  – 4 appearances, 0 goals

Hamilton Academicals – 3 appearances, 0 goals

 

 

 

Bobby Howe
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Born Stephen Robert Howe but know to all as “Bobby” he played his junior football for  Cramlington Juniors FC before he joined Nottingham Forest on the 5th Dec 1990.

Bobby made his debuted for Nottingham Forest on Monday 27th November 1999 in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United as an 87 min substitute for Ian Woan. This was followed in the next game by another substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers before he was finally named in the starting line up in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa. He was back on the bench in the next game against Leeds before injure saw him drop out of the team. He returned later that season in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday where he scored his first league goal. He featured from the bench in games against Middlesborough and Newcastle United before returning to the starting line up for the final game of the season in a 3-0 over QPR in which he scored the third goal.

The 1996/7 season saw Bobby only feature once for Forest in a 4-2 defeat to Liverpool where his was a 83rd min substitute for Dean Saunders. On 17th Jan 1997 he was sent on a months loan to Ipswich Town where he made 3 league appearances against Burnley, West Brom and QPR as well as an appearnce in the League Cup defeat to Leicester City.

The 1997/8 season was to be Bobby’s last at Nottingham Forest making his final Forest appearance in a League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers before being transferred on the 16th Jan 1998 to Swindon Town for £30,000. He made his Swindon debut the very next day in a 2-0 home defeat to Reading and went on to make 10 further league appearances that season. The 1998/9  season saw Bobby make 25 appearances scoring on three occasions against Watford, Bolton and Huddersfield. The 1999/2000 season brought 33 appearances with a single goal against Blackburn Rovers. The 2000/1 season saw a further 23 appearances, 4 goals as well as an FA Cup appearances against Gateshead. The 2001/02 season saw Bobby, making 44 appearances and scoring on three occasions before leaving Swindon at the end of the season to join Havant & Waterlooville

Nottingham Forest – 10 appearances, 2 goals

Ipswich Town (on loan) – 3 appearances, 0 goals

Swindon Town – 135 appearances, 11 goals

 

 

 

Peter Ramage

Peter Ramage

Born in Whitley Bay Peter spent  his early years in living in Berwick Upon Tweed, but moved back to Whitley Bay at the age of twelve and attending Valley Gardens Middle and Whitley Bay High schools respectively. As a youngster, he was with Cramlington Juniors, before joining Newcastle United Academy.

In March 2003, Peter won the Jackie Milburn Trophy, given each year to the rising star of north east football. He worked his way through Newcastle’s youth system and captained the Newcastle reserve side before making his breakthrough to the first team squad with a debut as a substitute in the UEFA Cup Round-of-16 match second leg against Olympiacos on 16 March 2005 and featured in a further four Premier League games that season.

The 2005/6 season started slowly for Peter as he did not feature in the first team until 23rd Octobers home clash with local rivals Sunderland. Newcastle won 3-2 and this kick started a run of 29 appearances in the team through to the end of March. The 2006/7 season brought another 32 appearances as Peter cemented his place in the first team squad but the following season, 2007/8 was to prove to be his final one at Newcastle where he frustratingly only appeared three times.

In May 2008 Peter swapped his native north-east  for the bright lights of the capital as he made the move to Queens Park Rangers. He immediately became a mainstay of the side making 34 appearances in the 2008/9 season and a further 36 appearances in the 2009/10 season. This was the season that saw him score his first senior goal in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool before he doubled his carear tally with a goal in a 2-2 draw at Preston. The season also saw Peter sent off for the first time when he picked up two yellow cards in a 1-0 defeat at Peterborough and then in his last appearance of  the season, a straight red against his former club Newcastle. The 2010/11 season saw Peter only make four appearances, the last of which, a 2-1 defeat to Leeds proved to be his final game for QPR.

The 2011/12 season saw Peter sent out on loan. Initially making the short trip across London to join Crystal Palace where he made 23 appearances between August and January before moving to Birmingham City on loan in February for the remainder of the season where he made 16 appearances.

On 8th August 2012 Peter left QPR to join Crystal Palce on a free transfer and enjoyed a good first season, appearing 43 times for the Eagles and scoring four times against Leicester, Leeds, Watford and Middlesborough. The 2013/14 season saw Peter only play once for Palace in the League Cup in what was to be his final appearance, before he made a season long loan move to Barnsley where he made 25 appearances. Despite returning to Palace, he was unable to force his way back into the first team picture and was once again loaned to Barnsley during the 2014/15 season making 23 appearances and scoring 3 times.

The January 2016 transfer window saw Peter finally leave Palace when he completed a free transfer to Coventry City however following 4 appearances for the Sky Blues he was on the move again as he was loaned to Leyton Orient for the remainder of the season, making 8 appearances.

Newcastle United – 69 appearances, 0 goals

Queens Park Rangers – 74 appearances, 2 goals

Crystal Palace – 67 appearances, 4 goals

Birmingham City (on loan) – 16 appearances, 0 goals

Barnsley (on loan) – 48 appearances, 3 goals

Coventry City – 4 appearances, 0 goals

Leyton Orient (on loan) – 8 appearances, 0 goals

 

 

 

Kyle Cameron

Kyle Cameron

Born in Hexham on 15th January 1997 Cameron attended Bedlingtonshire Community High School.

While playing for Cramlington Juniors Kyle was identified by Newcastle United and joined their Academy set up aged nine, and broke into the under-18 team during the 2012–13 season while still a schoolboy. He signed a scholarship with the club in June 2013. To gain experience Kyle joined non-league Workington Town on a youth loan on 10 December 2015, making his debut five days later in a 2–1 away win over Marine, in which he scored in the third minute. Having made four appearances and scored one goal for Workington, Kyle joined League Two club York City on a one-month youth loan on 11 January 2016 making his debut five days later in York’s 1–0 home defeat to Newport County. Having impressed in his first month his loan was extended until the end of the season making in total 18 appearances and managing to score his first league goal in a 2-1 away defeat to Hartlepool.

Newcastle United – 0 appearances, 0 goals

York City (on loan) – 18 appearances, 1 goals

(stats up to 30.06.16)

 

 

 

 

Macaulay Gillesphey

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Born in Ashington on the 24th November 1995 he joined Newcastle United Academy in the summer of 2011 after being spotted playing for Cramlington Juniors. He progressed through the youth ranks at St James Park and signed a professional contract in March 2015. In a bid to gain valuable experience Macauley was loaned to Carlisle United in September 2015 making his professional debut on 24 September 2015 as a 73rd minute substitute in a 1–1 draw away at Liverpool in the League Cup. He went on to appear a further 26 times for Carlisle in the 2015/16 season scoring his first league goal in a 3-2 win over Yeovil Town and adding a further goal in a 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.

 

Newcastle United – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Carlisle United (on loan) – 27 appearances, 2 goals

(stats up to 30.06.16)

 

 

 

 

Ben Pringle

Ben Pringle

Born 27 May 1989 in Newcastle, Ben started his footballing career at Cramlington Juniors before starting his professional career as a trainee with West Bromwich Albion. However things did not work out for him at West Brom and was not offered a professional contract so he returned to his native north-east with spells at  non league sides Newcastle Blue Star and Morpeth Town. In 2008 joined Ilkeston Town where he made a total of 54  appearances, scoring 6 goals. This impressive spell with Ilkeston earned Ben a route back into the league football when he signed a one year contract with Derby County in July 2009.

He made his Derby debut as an 80th-minute substitute against Peterborough United on 8 August 2009 and went on to make a further 5 appearances that season. Ben signed an extension to his Derby deal to take him through to the end of the 2010–11 season in which he went on to appear 22 times for County before Ben joining Torquay United on a months loan. Ben spent just 19 days of the loan at Torquay, playing five games, before returning to Derby, despite having had his contract extended at the end of the 2010–11 campaign, Ben was told he was free to find another club.

On 3 June 2011, Ben joined Rotherham United on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. He made his at home to Oxford United on 6 August 2011, and scored his first league goal in a 2–1 win over Crewe Alexandra on 16 August. He made a total of 23 appearance in the 2011/12 season scoring on 4 occasions.

The 2012/13 season saw Ben firmly established in the Rotherham side making 47 appearances and scoring 9 times If 2012/13 had been good the next season proved to be even better as Ben appeared 55 times scoring 6 goals. His goals and assists during the 2013/14 season helped Rotherham reach the League 1 playoff final. After a 2–2 draw, Rotherham earned promotion after beating Leyton Orient  4–3 on penalties to earn a second successive promotion.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Ben was voted in the 2013/14 Football League One Team of the Year.

The 2014/15 season saw Ben appear 43 times for Rotherham, scoring on 3 occasions against Millwall, Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday.

On 19 June 2015, Pringle signed for Fulham on a two-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff and went on to make 18 appearances scoring twice before joining Ipswich Town on loan where he made 10 appearances scoring on 2 occasions.

 

Derby County – 28 appearances, 0 goals

Rotherham United – 168 appearances, 22 goals

Fulham – 18 appearances, 2 goals

Ipswich Town (on loan) – 10 appearances, 2 goals

(stats up to 30.06.16)