SPONSORED BY: PAUL BLISS
Ben Whitehead started out his career as a youngster with Oxford United up until the age of 16, before joining the U18’s side at Swindon Town, where the scholar failed to earn a professional contract and was released in the summer of 2012.
Although he spent the 2012 summer training with National League North side Oxford City, Whitehead ended up signing for Southern League South & West outfit Abingdon United.
In January 2013, the forward moved on to Abingdon’s divisional rivals Swindon Supermarine, netting nine goals in 40 appearances for the side.
In November 2013, Whitehead was the fourth player to leave Swindon Supermarine in a fortnight, and chose to join their league rivals Didcot Town. The forward enjoyed a successful year with the side, putting in some impressive performances regularly for the Railwaymen as he linked up well with fellow forwards John Mills and Pablo Haysham.
His performances led to Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United taking a chance on him, signing him in October 2014. During his three-month spell with the Puritans, he made 14 appearances, scoring four goals and contributing one assist, while being an unused substitute once.
In February 2015, Whitehead was again on the move, joining Southern League South & West strugglers Wantage Town. In just under a year at Wantage, he made 45 appearances, scoring 25 goals and getting four assists.
In January 2016, Whitehead once again made the step up a league, signing for Southern League Premier side Chippenham Town. With the Bluebirds, he made 10 appearances, appearing as an unused substitute five times, and scored three goals in his time at Hardenhuish Park.
Whitehead returned to Southern League South & West club Didcot Town in the summer of 2016, scoring 24 goals in 45 games and assisting 11.
In the summer of 2017, Whitehead moved to Didcot’s divisional rivals Cirencester Town, where he really started to make a name for himself in the Southern League. In the 2017-2018 season, he made 49 appearances, scoring 47 goals and claiming ten assists as Cirencester made a late surge for the Playoffs, however fell short towards the end, as Whitehead finished joint-top scorer for the league on 43 goals. In 2018-2019, the striker continued to impress everyone in the league, scoring 39 goals in 38 games, with one unused substitute appearance, and assisting 15 for his team-mates as Cirencester reached the Southern League Division One South Playoffs. The prolific forward also claimed the league’s golden boot for a second year running, with 31 league goals, despite his campaign ending in March due to injury. During his time at Cirencester, Whitehead made 87 appearances, scoring 86 goals and assisting 25.
Whitehead penned a two-year deal with the Seagulls in June 2019. The striker suffered a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in August 2019, ruling him out for the rest of the season however is now raring to go for the new season.