Ben O'Brien's triple century
Saturday March 25th 2017
In the last seven years we have lauded and celebrated a number of players who have made a hundred senior appearances for Barking FC but today there was something a bit special as Ben O'Brien became only the sixth player since 1969 to make it to the 300 figure. To mark this milestone our Chairman (and no doubt proud father) Rob O'Brien presented Ben with a tankard on behalf of the club.
There are currently only five players in front of Ben in the appearance rankings:
Chris Ballard (320), Gary Anderson (357), Peter Burton (371), Perry Coney (387) and top of the pile Bobby Makin (569).
Ben originally came through our Reserve team and was part of the side which won the Essex & Herts Combination Cup in 2009 scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win over Great Wakering Rover's. His first team bow came on January 17th 2009 in a 5-0 home defeat against future champions Romford. However, It took until season 2010/11 for Ben to become a first team regular and in November 2013 assumed the mantle of team captain: a role he still fulfills today and in that capacity he lifted the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy in May 2015 - our first senior trophy since 1997.
Ben's latest achievement comes exactly two years to the day since his 200th appearance away to Tower Hamlets on March 25th 2015.
Below is Ben's full senior record for Barking FC up to and including today:
Below are some photos of Ben during his Barking career so far:
Ben's latest goal was against Basildon United in February captured by Ashley Hanson:
We would like to thank Ben for every one of his appearances and hope he racks up many more in the seasons ahead.