Tripti Joshi (Editor)

Ben Futcher

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Full name
Benjamin Paul Futcher

Oldham Athletic

Paul Futcher

Date joined


2.01 m


Playing position
Centre back


5 (Bury F.C. / Defender)

Place of birth
Bradford, England

Ben Futcher

Current team
Bury F.C.

Ben Futcher httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

Date of birth
(1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 34)

Teaser ben futcher on a good week

Benjamin Paul "Ben" Futcher (born 4 June 1981) is an English former professional footballer and assistant manager of Swindon Town.


Ben Futcher httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

As a player, he was a defender from 1999 to 2013 notably playing for Lincoln City between 2002 and 2005 where he played in two play-off finals. He has also played for Oldham Athletic, Stalybridge Celtic, Doncaster Rovers, Boston United, Grimsby Town, Peterborough United, Bury, Oxford United, Mansfield Town, AFC Telford United, Macclesfield Town and F.C. Halifax Town. He is the son of former professional footballer, defender Paul Futcher.

Bury fc ben futcher

Oldham Athletic

Futcher started off playing for Oldham Athletic, signing professional terms in July 1999. Futcher struggled to grasp first team opportunities at Boundary Park and in August 2001 was made available for a loan transfer to gain experience. He linked up with Stalybridge Celtic, the club being managed by his father Paul, where he spent three months on loan, making 17 appearances and scoring once. On 3 January 2002 his contract with the Latics was cancelled by mutual consent.

Stalybridge Celtic and Doncaster Rovers

And it was too be, Stalybridge, who Ben would sign for permanently in the January transfer window of 2002. Futcher went on to play in ten games for the Celtic, before joining fellow Conference side Doncaster Rovers.

Lincoln City

After playing in only two games for Rovers, manager Dave Penney released Futcher two months later at the end of the season. On 10 May 2002, he along with Dene Cropper became Lincoln City manager Keith Alexander's first signings of his second spell in charge at Sincil Bank. With The Imps struggling in the previous season, it was to be a different string of events in the new season, despite a rocky start, Lincoln climbed the league, and with the help of Futcher, for his goals more than anything, The Imps qualified for the play-offs. As well as this, Ben finished the season as the club's top goal scorer, scoring eleven goals, the majority of them being close range headers, from set pieces. In honour of this he was voted "Young Player of the Season" by the Club's management team. A Simon Yeo inspired Lincoln dumped Scunthorpe United out of the Play-off semi-final and thus giving them the task of overcoming Bournemouth in the final at the Millennium Stadium. Lincoln lost the match 5–2, with Ben amongst the City scorers. For the next two years, Futcher was at the heart of the Lincoln defence and unfortunately faced two more Play-off defeats: losing out in the semi finals to Huddersfield Town in 2003/2004 and going down 2–0 after extra time against Southend United the following season in yet another final at the Millennium Stadium.

Boston United

In a shock move in the summer of 2005, Futcher announced he would be leaving Lincoln, to sign for county rivals Boston United. The Imps supporters questioned his ambition in moving to a somewhat smaller club, who was regarded as having a less chance of success than themselves. Futcher called the move a "footballing decision" but it was clear to some Lincoln supporters that money could have been a factor in his decision. With United boasting such ex-Premiership stars as Julian Joachim and Noel Whelan Bostons squad was arguably equipped to combat the league, but the club struggled to live up to its expectancies, and performances saw them hover around the relegation zone. On 12 January 2006, Futcher called time on his Boston career, and moved onto yet another Lincolnshire club.

Grimsby Town

This time he signed with promotion challenging Grimsby Town, who bolstered their squad as well with the signing of Curtis Woodhouse for the final promotion push. Futcher found it rather hard to break into the Grimsby side and often had to play second fiddle to Justin Whittle and Rob Jones. The Mariners, missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season, and this set them up with a Play-off semi final tie against Ben's former team, Lincoln City, who were now in the play-off's for the fourth season running. After a 1–0 Grimsby victory at Sincil Bank, Futcher scored in a 2–1 win in the leg at Blundell Park to send Grimsby into the final at Cardiff. The Mariners however failed to earn promotion, losing to Cheltenham Town in the final, thus meaning Futcher had now been on the losing team in a League Two play-off final, 3 times in the past 4 seasons.

Peterborough United

Ben then went and signed a contract with Peterborough United. Futcher linked up with Keith Alexander, once again but United achieved nothing that season, and with the installation of Darren Ferguson as manager, following Alexander's departure, Futcher left at the end of that season.


His next port of call was to sign for Bury where Alexander had just been appointed as the club's Director of Football. In Ben's first season, he helped the club to a mid table finish, and scored Bury's first goal in a 2–1 victory over Leeds United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. In the next season he became an integral part of the Bury team and at the end of the season the club activated a clause in his contract for Ben to stay for another year.

On 11 November 2010 Ben signed for fellow Football League Two side Oxford United on loan. He returned to Bury on 4 January 2011 having played six games during his eight-week loan period. After his return he played more regularly for the team, and in May 2011 he signed a new one-year contract extension. In August 2011 he joined Mansfield Town on loan for an initial month. In January 2012 he joined AFC Telford United on loan, making his club debut on 21 January against Cambridge United.

In May 2012 he was offered a new contract by Bury as a player/development coach. On 2 July 2012 he signed with Conference North side F.C. Halifax Town on a season long loan deal. However a few weeks after signing for Halifax he was recalled to Bury without making a first team appearance as he was appointed joint-caretaker manager at the club.

Coaching career

Futcher was appointed Player/Development coach in the summer of 2012, however he reverted to his coaching priorities after not being handed a squad number for the 2012–13 season. Futcher assisted Peter Shirtliff as joint-caretaker manager before the appointment of Kevin Blackwell. In June 2015 Futcher was made Assistant Manager to David Flitcroft after Chris Brass was made Head of Football Operations

Personal life

Ben is the son of ex-Manchester City, Oldham Athletic, Luton Town and Grimsby Town defender Paul Futcher. Other footballing members of Ben's family include his uncles Ron Futcher and Graham Futcher (both ex-Chester), cousins Danny Murphy (England international) and Stephen Futcher (ex-Wrexham). Futcher is studying part-time for a bachelor's degree in Sports Performance at the University of Salford.

In January 2011 Futcher was rocked by the death of close friend and former Lincoln and Macclesfield team mate Richard Butcher, in September 2012 he still claimed he is still affected by the passing of Butcher.

Grimsby Town

  • League Two play-off runner up: 2005–06
  • Lincoln City

  • Third Division Play-off runner up: 2002–03
  • League Two Play-off runner up: 2004–05
  • References

    Ben Futcher Wikipedia