Born in Sheffield on 4th January 1984, Ben Purkiss joined York City, initially on loan, from Blue Square North club Gainsborough Trinity in March 2007.

The 6'3" right-back actually began his career as a trainee with Sheffield United before moving to Gainsborough in 2003.

A Law student,  Purkiss represented Great Britain in the World Student Games in Belgrade, and has also been included in the England 'C' squad before having to pull out with injury.

He has made more than a hundred senior appearances for the Minstermen and scored twice, with his most crucial goal being in the FA Trophy semi-final first-leg at AFC Telford United last season.