Benjamin Philip Pringle

Photographer: Nigel French

Personal Details

Club:
Altrincham FC
Full Name:
Benjamin Philip Pringle
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
25-07-1988
Place of birth:
Newcastle
Position:
Midfielder
Shirt number:
17

Senior Career

2007–2008
Newcastle Blue Star FC

2008–2009
Ilkeston Town FC

2011 (On loan)
Torquay United FC

2015-2016
Fulham FC

2016-2019
Preston North End FC

2018-2019 (On loan)
Grimsby Town FC

2019-2020
Gillingham FC

2021-
Altrincham FC

2007–2008
Morpeth Town AFC

2009-2011
Derby County FC

2011-2015
Rotherham United FC

2016 (On loan)
Ipswich Town FC

2018 (On loan)
Oldham Athletic AFC

2019 (On loan)
Tranmere Rovers FC

2020-2021
Morecambe FC


Interview

Ben, tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m a straight forward kinda guy that has a bubbly character, I’m I’ve been playing for 13 years now and always enjoy the banter within football.

You started your career at Wallsend Boys Club, before joining the youth system at West Bromwich Albion FC. How important was your time at Bromwich Albion in your development?

It was good to start at a big club and I really enjoyed it. The beginning was really tough moving away from home at 15 but that made me mentally tough for the future in football.

In May 2009 it was announced you moved to Derby County FC. You made your Derby debut against Peterborough United FC on 8 August 2009. What can you remember about your first team debut with Derby County FC ?

I just remember being on the bench, thinking I’ve just signed and have no league experience, so surely I wouldn’t be coming on. So it was a surprise to get on, especially as it was 1-1. There was a big crowd and the adrenaline rush I had going on is something I’ll never forget. We won 2-1 in the last minute which was the perfect day for my debut.

In your last season for Derby County FC, you joined League Two club Torquay United FC on a month’s loan. You spent just 19 days of the loan at Torquay.  Why did you choose to return so soon?

Derby were safe from relegation at this point, so I thought if I returned I could play some games in the championship and at a higher level instead of playing in league 2. This obviously didn’t happen but I don’t regret going back so soon.

On 3 June 2011, you signed a two year contract with Rotherham United FC. How important was that moment for you ?

I just wanted to play games regularly so that was the main reason for the move. I had a year left on my contract at Derby, so dropping down two leagues was a surprise. I think if I was to do it again I would of tried to go to League 1 on a permanent deal, but it did work out in the end, as the Rotherham move was the best thing I did in my career.

For Rotherham United FC, you made 147 league appearances. How was your time there and what was the best thing about playing for Rotherham ?

It was a slow start at Rotherham and very frustrating. After the first year, I played pretty much every game for 3 seasons in 3 different leagues, so being one of the main players in a good squad was definitely the best thing. Along with back to back promotions and some great memories throughout the 4 years.

By Preston North End FC, you was loaned out to Oldham Athletic AFC, Grimsby Town FC and Tranmere Rovers FC. How did you experience these periods?

I’d not played in a year before I went to Oldham, even though we had a good team, there were a lot of off the pitch stuff going on which meant it wasn’t great. I was injured when I first went to Grimsby, but it was a good move to get myself going again and playing regularly. Which led onto Tranmere where I enjoyed playing regularly higher up the league. It ended with another promotion at Wembley, so again another great experience.

You have played at several football clubs. What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

I think starting right down the football ladder in non-league, and working my way up to the championship, the only thing I would say is you have to work hard. Everyone says it but it’s the only thing that will get you to where you want to be. You have to do it day in day out consistently over time.

A few years ago, you received the Young Player of the Year award. Were you surprised by that award?

Yeah it was a surprise on the night, as I didn’t realise there was such an award at the club. Some big players had received that award for the club in previous years so I was buzzing to get it.

What is your ultimate dream after your football career ?

To acquire as much property as I can. Alongside football, this is something I’ve been doing the last couple of years so that’s what I’ll go into when I retire.