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Player profile: Mr Bennett

WithWilliam Tantam

Mr Bennett played for the older team and was a respected accountant in Black River. Mr Bennett began to play football when his father bought him a ball at the age of five. Mr Bennett liked to play at right back (right defence), often standing out wide and picking long passes upfield. He ran with his head up, and, although he seemed to move sluggishly, a player who pressed on him too quickly was sold a dummy and beaten. It was evident that Mr Bennett had a keen football mind heightened through years of playing in defence at schoolboy level, and many more years watching and analysing schoolboy and professional matches. Mr Bennett’s status on the pitch was secured because he was a strong player, and this status was further heightened by his job as a prominent chartered accountant in the town. He drove to the field and often provided the ball.