Former Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley retires

David Bentley

David Bentley

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FORMER Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley has announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.

Bentley has been without a club since leaving Tottenham Hotspur last June.

His final game as a professional footballer came in a Rovers shirt.

Bentley made seven appearances for the Ewood Park outfit at the back end of the 2012-13 season after rejoining on loan from Tottenham.

The former England international started his career at Arsenal and went on to make 133 appearances for Rovers after signing, initially on loan, for the club in August 2005.

Bentley scored 21 goals for Rovers including a hat-trick in a memorable 4-3 home win over Manchester United in February 2006.

After expressing his desire to leave Bentley joined Tottenham for £15m in July 2008.

He signed a long-term contract with the White Hart Lane club.

But he made just 62 appearances for Tottenham, scoring five goals.

Bentley, who won seven England caps, said: "I've lost my love of the game and I didn't want to carry on just for the money."

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10:54am Fri 13 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

What a waste, he did nowt once he left rovers and 29 is no time to retire, attitude problems one would suggest.
What a waste, he did nowt once he left rovers and 29 is no time to retire, attitude problems one would suggest. Old age pensioner
  • Score: 13

11:15am Fri 13 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -22

11:43am Fri 13 Jun 14

jinkyjase says...

Are you reading this Etuhu/Best/Goddwilli
e etc etc
Are you reading this Etuhu/Best/Goddwilli e etc etc jinkyjase
  • Score: 17

11:43am Fri 13 Jun 14

French Rover says...

A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.
A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure. French Rover
  • Score: 15

11:55am Fri 13 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

French Rover wrote:
A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.
Sparky is good at recognising qualities and utilising them to the full. Bentley is wasted talent, its a shame because he could have been amazing.
Hughes is a great manager, thats why he has let kightly come to us at Burnley for 1 million, he obviously knows he is doggy plop and has no use for this dog of war.
This will be the start of it going horribly wrong at Burnley, we needed to sign quality players, not this Austin Maxi Kightly
Underwhelmed
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.[/p][/quote]Sparky is good at recognising qualities and utilising them to the full. Bentley is wasted talent, its a shame because he could have been amazing. Hughes is a great manager, thats why he has let kightly come to us at Burnley for 1 million, he obviously knows he is doggy plop and has no use for this dog of war. This will be the start of it going horribly wrong at Burnley, we needed to sign quality players, not this Austin Maxi Kightly Underwhelmed AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 10

12:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
NH3
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]NH3 Old age pensioner
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

dixie.normous says...

World Class delivery when on form ....must of planted 10 + free kicks / corners on Santa Cruz's head which were all converted into goals in his first spell ...

Just shows what can happen to the modern day player who moves clubs for no reason but the wonga....
World Class delivery when on form ....must of planted 10 + free kicks / corners on Santa Cruz's head which were all converted into goals in his first spell ... Just shows what can happen to the modern day player who moves clubs for no reason but the wonga.... dixie.normous
  • Score: 13

1:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Thomas Evans says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
If anything it was leaving Rovers that killed his career.

He was passionate about football and was playing for England when he left Rovers.

He came back to Rovers on loan after a couple of loan spells away but the damage was done.

If anything killed Bentley's career it was his boyhood supported club Tottenham Hotspur.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]If anything it was leaving Rovers that killed his career. He was passionate about football and was playing for England when he left Rovers. He came back to Rovers on loan after a couple of loan spells away but the damage was done. If anything killed Bentley's career it was his boyhood supported club Tottenham Hotspur. Thomas Evans
  • Score: 7

1:14pm Fri 13 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

French Rover wrote:
A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.
agreed - what a game. wasn't it evra's debut for united and bentley tore strips out of him all game.

one of the finest crossers of a ball i have had the honour of seeing at rovers. what a sad waste of a talent - but there must be summat up in his head. tried to establish himself in a number of teams on loan (including in russia, if i am not mistaken) and never settled. seems a bit like a better behaved but equally arrogant joey barton
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.[/p][/quote]agreed - what a game. wasn't it evra's debut for united and bentley tore strips out of him all game. one of the finest crossers of a ball i have had the honour of seeing at rovers. what a sad waste of a talent - but there must be summat up in his head. tried to establish himself in a number of teams on loan (including in russia, if i am not mistaken) and never settled. seems a bit like a better behaved but equally arrogant joey barton hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

French Rover wrote:
A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.
agreed - what a game. wasn't it evra's debut for united and bentley tore strips out of him all game.

one of the finest crossers of a ball i have had the honour of seeing at rovers. what a sad waste of a talent - but there must be summat up in his head. tried to establish himself in a number of teams on loan (including in russia, if i am not mistaken) and never settled. seems a bit like a better behaved but equally arrogant joey barton
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: A waste of a career but will always be remembered at Rovers for that hat-trick against Man United at Ewood in that amazing 4-3 win! Sparky got the best out of him for sure.[/p][/quote]agreed - what a game. wasn't it evra's debut for united and bentley tore strips out of him all game. one of the finest crossers of a ball i have had the honour of seeing at rovers. what a sad waste of a talent - but there must be summat up in his head. tried to establish himself in a number of teams on loan (including in russia, if i am not mistaken) and never settled. seems a bit like a better behaved but equally arrogant joey barton hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Bill Carson says...

BIG ATTITUDE problem after leaving Rovers, no doubt his cut of the transfer fee went to his head (and the bookies). After reading about his behaviour in the England camp under Capello, I'm not surprised he eventually flunked at Spurs. What a sad waste of talent.

I always wonder if Lee Nelson based his character Jason Bent on this player?
BIG ATTITUDE problem after leaving Rovers, no doubt his cut of the transfer fee went to his head (and the bookies). After reading about his behaviour in the England camp under Capello, I'm not surprised he eventually flunked at Spurs. What a sad waste of talent. I always wonder if Lee Nelson based his character Jason Bent on this player? Bill Carson
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

The question should be, will Burnley ever do the double over a ManU team containing the quality of the likes of Ronaldo, Van nistleroy, Rooney and Saha Answer, Are you on drugs, they wouldn't even score against a ManU team with those players in. The moneyball missfits we have at Burnley will be lucky to get a clean sheet all season. We will get drubbed every week,
yours sincerely, Longside season ticket holder
The question should be, will Burnley ever do the double over a ManU team containing the quality of the likes of Ronaldo, Van nistleroy, Rooney and Saha Answer, Are you on drugs, they wouldn't even score against a ManU team with those players in. The moneyball missfits we have at Burnley will be lucky to get a clean sheet all season. We will get drubbed every week, yours sincerely, Longside season ticket holder AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 8

3:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Mr Ted Maul says...

The other memorable part of the 5-3er against United was Rio Ratface trying to play centre midfield until Savage gave him a master class.

Bentley had all the talent in the world but believed his own hype far too much. He was a shadow of what he was in his loan spell last season.

Sad the way his career's gone but I don't think he'll be signing on at anytime soon.
The other memorable part of the 5-3er against United was Rio Ratface trying to play centre midfield until Savage gave him a master class. Bentley had all the talent in the world but believed his own hype far too much. He was a shadow of what he was in his loan spell last season. Sad the way his career's gone but I don't think he'll be signing on at anytime soon. Mr Ted Maul
  • Score: 11

3:11pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Rovers.1875 says...

Bill Carson wrote:
BIG ATTITUDE problem after leaving Rovers, no doubt his cut of the transfer fee went to his head (and the bookies). After reading about his behaviour in the England camp under Capello, I'm not surprised he eventually flunked at Spurs. What a sad waste of talent.

I always wonder if Lee Nelson based his character Jason Bent on this player?
Ha! I've always thought the same thing!

The guy has been a tool for a very long time when it comes to football, no respect for the game that made him rich at all. Since I've read about his success at investing in a restaurant business and hitting it lucky, then all of a sudden he has lost his 'passion' for the game, no lad, your passion was the money, which you are getting easier elsewhere now!

The thing about being a successful business man, is having a keen eye for a good deal... So lets see if this is just a one off lucky investment....
[quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: BIG ATTITUDE problem after leaving Rovers, no doubt his cut of the transfer fee went to his head (and the bookies). After reading about his behaviour in the England camp under Capello, I'm not surprised he eventually flunked at Spurs. What a sad waste of talent. I always wonder if Lee Nelson based his character Jason Bent on this player?[/p][/quote]Ha! I've always thought the same thing! The guy has been a tool for a very long time when it comes to football, no respect for the game that made him rich at all. Since I've read about his success at investing in a restaurant business and hitting it lucky, then all of a sudden he has lost his 'passion' for the game, no lad, your passion was the money, which you are getting easier elsewhere now! The thing about being a successful business man, is having a keen eye for a good deal... So lets see if this is just a one off lucky investment.... Rovers.1875
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

owd nick says...

He made the biggest mistake of his career when he left Rovers for "bigger things", he was never the same player again without regular football, it's a mistake many players make.

They might get better pay but the grass isn't always greener.
He made the biggest mistake of his career when he left Rovers for "bigger things", he was never the same player again without regular football, it's a mistake many players make. They might get better pay but the grass isn't always greener. owd nick
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lightamatch catcharabbit says...

Yet another example of a player leaving Rovers to go on to better things, only for it to transpire that the best of their career was with us. I get a bit of satisfaction from that!
Yet another example of a player leaving Rovers to go on to better things, only for it to transpire that the best of their career was with us. I get a bit of satisfaction from that! lightamatch catcharabbit
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Fri 13 Jun 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

This player turned out to be a complete waste of space considering the talent he had.
This player turned out to be a complete waste of space considering the talent he had. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 6

8:18pm Fri 13 Jun 14

jussy1307 says...

Old age pensioner wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
NH3
KH
[quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]NH3[/p][/quote]KH jussy1307
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Fri 13 Jun 14

jussy1307 says...

The grass isn't always greener silly lad, not many players leave rovers and go on to better and bigger things, with the exception of damien duff and a couple of others.
The grass isn't always greener silly lad, not many players leave rovers and go on to better and bigger things, with the exception of damien duff and a couple of others. jussy1307
  • Score: 5

8:31pm Fri 13 Jun 14

jussy1307 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
You really are a KH
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]You really are a KH jussy1307
  • Score: 3

9:27pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

jussy1307 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
You really are a KH
Stop stealing the insult that's been patented by a p1ss drenched senile old man. Get your own you toothless Shadsworth dwelling mouth foamer.
[quote][p][bold]jussy1307[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]You really are a KH[/p][/quote]Stop stealing the insult that's been patented by a p1ss drenched senile old man. Get your own you toothless Shadsworth dwelling mouth foamer. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -10

10:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

digitusjonfred says...

Shame,Shame, Shame.. come to OZ I will put u up and you will find a club.
Shame,Shame, Shame.. come to OZ I will put u up and you will find a club. digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2

10:35pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Damo6 66 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
jussy1307 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt.
No surprise then that he lost his love for football.
BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.
You really are a KH
Stop stealing the insult that's been patented by a p1ss drenched senile old man. Get your own you toothless Shadsworth dwelling mouth foamer.
****!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jussy1307[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: His final appearance was in a Rovers shirt. No surprise then that he lost his love for football. BRFC A CLUB THAT WILL END YOUR CAREER.[/p][/quote]You really are a KH[/p][/quote]Stop stealing the insult that's been patented by a p1ss drenched senile old man. Get your own you toothless Shadsworth dwelling mouth foamer.[/p][/quote]****! Damo6 66
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Sat 14 Jun 14

jogalot says...

I remember him being Man of the Match in one game for England at Wembley but was not picked for the next England game and was dropped by Spurs too. He was really brilliant in that game. So what went wrong? Don't know but probably attitude or that one game as the best in England went to his head.
I remember him being Man of the Match in one game for England at Wembley but was not picked for the next England game and was dropped by Spurs too. He was really brilliant in that game. So what went wrong? Don't know but probably attitude or that one game as the best in England went to his head. jogalot
  • Score: 1

8:35pm Sat 14 Jun 14

petestan says...

I agree with the most of the other comments he was a great player but the hype and transfer went to his head. he could easily get another club though but he probably doesn't want to drop out of the premier league and therefore have to accept a cut in his massive wages, his loss due to his attitude.
I agree with the most of the other comments he was a great player but the hype and transfer went to his head. he could easily get another club though but he probably doesn't want to drop out of the premier league and therefore have to accept a cut in his massive wages, his loss due to his attitude. petestan
  • Score: 1

9:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

tall in the saddle says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
The question should be, will Burnley ever do the double over a ManU team containing the quality of the likes of Ronaldo, Van nistleroy, Rooney and Saha Answer, Are you on drugs, they wouldn't even score against a ManU team with those players in. The moneyball missfits we have at Burnley will be lucky to get a clean sheet all season. We will get drubbed every week,
yours sincerely, Longside season ticket holder
You know there are idiots and there are lunatics and then on a lower level there is you. Here we have a thread that is a really a poignant story about a player who I thought was going to really make it and has unfortunately retired early. Then along come cretin number one with the question will Burnley ever do the double over Man U. You are pretending to be a Burnley fan. Well someone with a brain your size may well be duped. You constantly post dross like this post on Burnley stories and really you are a boring, sad , deluded retard. The question you should have asked is will Rovers ever play against Manu again or indeed Burnley in the league???
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: The question should be, will Burnley ever do the double over a ManU team containing the quality of the likes of Ronaldo, Van nistleroy, Rooney and Saha Answer, Are you on drugs, they wouldn't even score against a ManU team with those players in. The moneyball missfits we have at Burnley will be lucky to get a clean sheet all season. We will get drubbed every week, yours sincerely, Longside season ticket holder[/p][/quote]You know there are idiots and there are lunatics and then on a lower level there is you. Here we have a thread that is a really a poignant story about a player who I thought was going to really make it and has unfortunately retired early. Then along come cretin number one with the question will Burnley ever do the double over Man U. You are pretending to be a Burnley fan. Well someone with a brain your size may well be duped. You constantly post dross like this post on Burnley stories and really you are a boring, sad , deluded retard. The question you should have asked is will Rovers ever play against Manu again or indeed Burnley in the league??? tall in the saddle
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Rob_H2O says...

Arrogant, self-obsessed poser.
Arrogant, self-obsessed poser. Rob_H2O
  • Score: -1

9:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Rob_H2O says...

owd nick wrote:
He made the biggest mistake of his career when he left Rovers for "bigger things", he was never the same player again without regular football, it's a mistake many players make.

They might get better pay but the grass isn't always greener.
That's what Ings thinks apparently
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: He made the biggest mistake of his career when he left Rovers for "bigger things", he was never the same player again without regular football, it's a mistake many players make. They might get better pay but the grass isn't always greener.[/p][/quote]That's what Ings thinks apparently Rob_H2O
  • Score: -1

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