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|Full name||Christopher Brunt|
|Date of birth||14 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) |
|Playing position||Left Winger / Attacking Midfielder|
|Current club||West Bromwich Albion|
|2004||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||6||(2)|
|2007–||West Bromwich Albion||202||(33)|
|2002–2003||Northern Ireland U19||8||(3)|
|2005–2006||Northern Ireland U21||2||(1)|
|2005||Northern Ireland U23||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:30, 8 April 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Christopher Brunt (born 14 December 1984 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays and captains the English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He plays as a left winger and more recently an attacking midfield position.
Brunt grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he attended Newtownbreda Primary School. His father Colin was a talented rugby union player. He then went on to study at Wellington College, a grammar school in Belfast. As a youth player he appeared for Saint Andrews Boys Club.
He moved to Sheffield Wednesday in March 2004 on an initial short-term deal. A permanent free transfer followed soon after as Brunt signed a two-year contract at Wednesday. In 2004–05, his first full season at the club, Brunt helped Wednesday achieve promotion to the Championship by scoring five goals. In July 2005 he agreed a one-year extension to his existing contract.
He went on to hit seven goals the following season, finishing the campaign as the club's top goalscorer. During the 2006–07 campaign Brunt passed the 100 appearance mark for Wednesday, making him the club's most experienced player at the time. His impressive displays during the 2006–07 season Brunt linked with a move away from Hillsborough. With only one year remaining on his contract, negotiations between Brunt and Wednesday broke down in July 2007, due to what the club described as 'excessive wage demands'.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion had a bid accepted for Brunt on 14 August 2007. They completed the signing the next day, in a £3 million four-year deal, which includes £500,000 of performance-related add-ons. Brunt made his Albion debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 home win over Barnsley on 1 September 2007. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 victory away at Scunthorpe United on 22 September 2007. Brunt's performance in the 3–0 home win against Plymouth Argyle on 1 March 2008 saw him named in the Championship Team of the Week. On 28 April 2008 Brunt scored a late equalising goal against Southampton in a 1–1 draw; this effectively secured Albion's promotion to the Premier League because of their superior goal difference. He went on to score the free-kick in West Brom's 2–0 win over QPR that sealed automatic promotion. Brunt was the club's top scorer in the 2008–09 season, scoring eight goals. Following the club's relegation, Brunt then signed a new three-year deal at the club. In the 2009/10 season, he once again helped the club reach the highest tier of English football, scoring the second goal in a 3–2 win over Doncaster, which sealed the club's Premier League status. In January 2011 Brunt was made the stand-in captain of West Bromwich Albion as the manager decided to drop old club captain Scott Carson. When the new manager came in February 2011, he confirmed that he had made Brunt the permanent captain for the club. Brunt has continued his Captaincy at WBA since the new head coach was appointed after Roy Hodgson left to manage the English national team.
Brunt continued his role as West Bromwich Albion captain in the 2012/2013 and helped the team secure an 8th place finish, the highest the club has finished in the Premier League era, while also helping to secure the record amount of points for the club (48). He scored twice in the season, his first a strike from 30 yards away at QPR which Albion won 2-1 and the second a finish from the edge of the box at home to Aston Villa which got Albion back into the game at 1-2, the final score being 2-2.
Brunt is a current international for the Northern Ireland national team. He scored his first goal for his country in February 2009, when his free-kick helped Northern Ireland to a 3–0 victory over San Marino.
In April 2012 it was revealed that Brunt was in manager Stuart Pearce's provisional squad for the 2012 Olympic Great Britain Football Team. He was in the end not selected in the final 18 man squad for the Games.
- Football League One play-off winners: 2004–05
- Football League Championship winners: 2007–08
Personal Honours West Bromwich Albion player of the season 2008/2009
Brunt became a father for the first time on 1 May 2008, when his wife Cathy gave birth to a baby boy named Charlie. The couple then welcomed a second child, Zach David Brunt, on 18 April 2011. Chris is a cousin of Boston Bruins Ice Hockey player Shawn Thornton.
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- Owls accept Brunt bid
- West Brom complete £3m Brunt deal
- "WBA vs Barnsley". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- "Scunthorpe vs WBA". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- "Coca-Cola Championship Team Of The Week (03/03/2008)" (pdf). The Football League. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- Bevan, Chris (2008-04-28). "West Brom 1–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- "Chris Brunt strike secures title for West Brom" Telegraph
- "Brunt wants winner's medal". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Brunt: "We did it for the fans"". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- Chris Brunt player profile at wba.co.uk
- Chris Brunt career stats at Soccerbase
- Chris Brunt profile on the Irish FA website
- Chris Brunt player profile at Premier League
- Chris Brunt player profile at BBC Sport