Ben Bruce


Ben joined the Co-operative’s board in 2016, but has long been a proponent of the idea of fan ownership, and was a member of the Supporter’s Steering Committee in it’s earlier days.

A supporter since the early 1990’s, Ben first watched the Boro’ take on Bridgnorth in a less than thrilling 1-1 draw at Manor Park. A sucker for punishment, he failed to heed this warning and has been attending ever since.

Previously, Ben was a writer, and then editor of the clubs former fanzine Taking Liberties, as well as fronting two series of Taking Liberties TV, where he poked fun at everything Boro. Including himself.

His love for the club, and obsessive nature, meant that when the role for Assistant Researcher for the club came up with Sigames, for the massively successful Football Manager series, he was deemed the man for the gig. Since 2013, he has been responsible for making or breaking Boro’ players electronic careers, and is solely responsible for ensuring Gaz Dean’s passing rating never passed five.

Outside of football, Ben works in the not so glam world of TV, with credits including Traffic Cops, The Naked Choir (disappointing lack of nudity), and the Jeremy Kyle show. He is married, and has a son called Jack, and another one baking. His aim on being on the Co-operative is to ensure that they have a club to enjoy and follow the same way he did.