Chris Bennion - Longford Town
||30 Aug 1980|
|Place of Birth:||Edinburgh|
About Chris Bennion
Chris is a goalkeeper, and former Scottish schoolboys international, who began his career at Edinburgh Celtic before moving on to the city’s biggest club, Heart of Midlothian.
Having been spotted by Middlesbrough scouts, Chris transferred to the English Premiership side in 1999, where he spent three years. In 2000 he arrived for a short loan spell at Shelbourne, but was recalled to Middlesbrough after an injury crisis left them without a fit ‘keeper. Shortly after his return Chris moved to Scunthorpe United on loan.
That deal became permanent in 2001. However, after just six first-team appearances, Bennion returned to Shels in May 2002. He made his debut for Pat Fenlon’s men in an 8-0 FAI Cup win over junior side Rockmount, however, he again struggled to gain first-team football, failing to dislodge Steve Williams from the number one spot.
After eighteen months at Tolka Park, Bennion’s services were sought by both Longford Town and Dundalk, with the Scot choosing the latter as he arrived at Oriel Park in January 2004. Chris spent six seasons at Dundalk, winning the First Division title in 2008 and making over 170 appearances, before signing for Athlone Town on 7 December 2009.
Chris made 18 league appearances for Athlone in 2010 before making a summer move to St Patrick's Athletic where he signed for Pete Mahon. He made just one league appearance for the Inchicore side in 2010, acting mainly as goalkeeping cover for Gary Rogers. 2011 provided a similar story as Chris was involved in all 36 of St Pat's league games but played in just three of them.
In January 2012 he signed for Roddy Collins at Monaghan United, making his debut on a 0-0 draw against his former club Dundalk on the opening night of the 2012 season. But on 18 June monaghan withdrew from the league and on 5 July he signed for Shelbourne for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Photo thanks to Monaghan United FC
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