Ben Mee – Three Hundred Clarets Appearances
Sean Dyche has paid tribute to Ben Mee ahead of the Burnley captain’s 300th game for the club at Sheffield United this weekend. The centre back cost the Clarets a nominal fee from Manchester City in the summer 2012, he now stands on the cusp of becoming one of the club’s top thirty all time appearance makers for Burnley Football Club.
Ahead of his milestone appearance, Clarets boss Dyche saluted the impact Mee has made at Turf Moor saying. “I think Ben should be recognised here as a legend, there are a lot of players in my seven years here who have become legends of sorts. Some have been here for short periods, but perhaps enjoyed famous moments or scored famous goals.
Ben is someone who has been here throughout my time at the club and 300 appearances at one club is no mean feat for a modern player. Through the successes and some of the challenges we’ve had our fans have seen him develop, not only into a fine player but also a rounded person. He gives the club so much in terms of his professionalism and personal conduct and our fans have seen all that in front of their eyes for seven seasons.”
Mee’s 300th game takes him with one of legendary 1970s midfielder Peter Noble, who currently stands 30th in the pantheon of appearance makers, another year at Turf Moor would see the 30-year-old enter the Clarets top twenty.
Ironically, Mee’s first game as a Burnley player at the start of a year long loan deal in August 2011, came in Dyche’s first game in management as Watford boss. The Burnley boss admitted he was well aware of the talent the defender then possessed.
Speaking about his captain Sean Dyche said, “I already knew of Ben and we sometimes have a little moment of reflection, because he played for the Manchester City youth team which defeated my Watford side 7-0 in one of my first ever games as youth coach.
So I knew of him and what a strong player and character he was. I later saw him at Leicester City, when I was at Watford and after that I always liked him. So when I arrived at Burnley I had an inside feel of what he was about and the ways he could improve.
He’s certainly done that and he deserves a lot of credit, forgetting our input, for how he conducts himself and goes about his business. He’s a calm person, there is a real strength to him. He’s a very tough and very fair player and everyone around him should be very proud of him, which I am sure they are.”