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Player Details : Preben "Benny" Arentoft
Demographic Information
Name Preben "Benny" Arentoft
Date of Birth01/11/1942
Place of BirthCopenhagen, Denmark
PositionMidfielder
Height5' 7"   [1.7m]
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1969 - 1971
Debut:02/04/1969 - Tottenham Hotspur [A] --- (W 1-0)
Appearances:64   [Starts: 59,  Subs: 5]
Goals:3
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With a real name of Preben he was quickly called "Benny" when he came to St James's Park.

Starting his playing career with amateur side Brønshøj Boldklub, his local club in Copenhagen, Benny's qualities soon rose to the fore and he was selected for the Danish national team. In all he earned four national caps before a move to Greenock Morton saw Benny turn 'professional' which then barred him from the national side due to their rules on amateurism.

His performances in Scotland brought him to the attention of Newcastle United and his move soon followed. He arrived at St James's Park to make a significant impact in winning the Fairs Cup in 1969, indeed scoring in the second leg of the final. He went on to become a firm favourite of the crowd playing some incisive and cutting passes through the midfield.

In 1971 the Danes abolished the rules of amateurism with regard to their national team and Benny went on to make a further five appearances for Denmark. The beginning of the 1971-72 season saw Benny transferred to Blackburn. After his spell at Ewood Park, Benny moved to Sweden and Helsingborgs IF with whom he ended his playing career.

Returning to Denmark, and Copenhagen, Benny became the head of child probation for the city council of Copenhagen and also a prominent art dealer.

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
03/03/1969 Morton Newcastle United £18,000
September 1971 Newcastle United Blackburn Rovers £25,000
References

Joannou, P, 1983, A Complete Who's Who of Newcastle United, Newcastle United Supporters Club, Newcastle, England, ISBN: 0950887617,

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,

Williams, T., Peskett, R., eds, 1971, Rothmans Football Yearbook 1971-72, Queen Anne Press, London, England,