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Alistair Benjamin "Ben" Wilkinson (born 25 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder. He has played for Hull City, Harrogate Town, Gretna, York City, Altrincham, Chester City, Tamworth and Boston United. Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Wilkinson is the son of former player and manager Howard Wilkinson. He played with the youth teams of Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Derby County, who he became a scholar with in May 2003. He moved to Hull City in January 2005, where he completed his scholarship. He signed a two-year professional contract with Hull in the summer of 2006. He joined Conference North side Harrogate Town on a one-month loan on 9 December 2006, where he made five appearances before returning to Hull in January 2007. He went on trial with York City of the Conference National in January 2008, during which he scored two goals in a reserve team match against Sheffield United, before later joining Gretna in the Scottish Premier League on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season. He made his debut in a 2–0 defeat against Hearts on 9 February 2008 and made 13 appearances whilst at the club.