Ben Nugent Player Profile
Debut: Tranmere Rovers (H, 2-2), 04/08/2018
Like father, like son; you couldn’t say that Boro’ was new to Ben Nugent when signed for us in time for the 2018-9 Sky Bet League Two campaign . After turning down a new deal at Gillingham, Nugent’s decision had him following in the footsteps of his father Richard; himself a big player for us during his time with the club in 1980s and 1990s.
And what footsteps to follow, eh? His father can count two title wins from his time at the Boro’. If Ben could repeat that feat, well, what a place we’d be in. Let’s face it, however; Nugent (Junior) came to us with a rich pedigree of Football League experience.
For Ben Nugent, it all started at Cardiff City. We know what you’re thinking. How did a lad from Welwyn end up there? However it came to be, he made an instant impact; scoring on his full debut for the Bluebirds. It nearly didn’t happen like that, though. He was originally released by Cardiff, before being taken back.
A national 1500m champion as a teen, Ben’s commitment was cited as the reason for Cardiff re-signing him. His time in Wales saw him out on loan to Brentford, Posh and Yeovil; the latter another one of Richard’s former clubs! In August 2015, however, he made a fresh start and left to join Crewe Alexandra.
He spent the next two seasons with the Railwaymen, turning out for them 50+ times. That figure is from Wikipedia, however, so you can assume the real figure to be a bit higher. In 2017, he was released and travelled south to sign a one-year deal at Gillingham.