• U-23 Player Profile - Ben White


    Benjamin William White was born in Poole, Dorset on 8 October 1997. He attended St Michael's Middle School and Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne. He played for the Poole & East Dorset U-15 side in the English Schools Trophy during the 2012-13 season. The centre-back was also scouted by Southampton but his time in the Saints’ academy system came to an end in 2013-14 when he was released during his U-16 schoolboy season without being offered a scholarship.


    Ben White featured for the Albion U-21s against Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy in September 2018

    White found his way to Brighton and Hove Albion and made his first appearance for the U-18s as a substitute against Brentford on 25 February 2014 in a 2-1 win. He made his full debut when he partnered Des Hutchinson at centre-back in a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City on 12 March 2014. By the end of that season he had made 9 appearances for the U-18s (6 of them starts, usually alongside Jamie Horncastle) and had secured a scholarship with the club.



    White walks out in front of James Tilley onto the Amex surface for an academy friendly fixture at the end of their U-16 schoolboy season of 2013-14


    SCHOLARSHIP DAYS


    White commenced his two-year scholarship with Albion in July 2014 (his intake year included George Cox, Jordan Maguire-Drew and James Tilley). He was immediately installed as a starting centre-back in the U-18 side and appeared in the first 20 matches of the season (all but one as a starter). He typically partnered Ben Barclay (who was a year older) at the back. He was particularly pleased after a 3-1 victory at his former club Southampton in September 2014:

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