David Brightwell

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David Brightwell
Personal information
Full name David John Brightwell
Date of birth (1971-01-07) 7 January 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Lutterworth, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Manchester City 43 (1)
1991 Chester City (loan) 6 (0)
1995 Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
1995 Stoke City (loan) 1 (0)
1995 Bradford City (loan) 1 (0)
1995–1997 Bradford City 23 (0)
1996–1997 Blackpool (loan) 2 (0)
1997–1998 Northampton Town 35 (1)
1998–2000 Carlisle United 78 (4)
2000–2001 Hull City 27 (2)
2001–2002 Darlington 36 (0)
Total 257 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David John Brightwell (born 7 January 1971) is an English former professional footballer who played as defender from 1988 to 2002.

He notably played Premier League football for Manchester City and went on to play in the Football League for Chester City, Lincoln City, Stoke City, Bradford City, Blackpool, Northampton Town, Carlisle United, Hull City and Darlington.

Playing career[edit]

Brightwell played for ten professional clubs during his long career. He started at Manchester City, where he had been a trainee. He played 44 league games but also had loans spell at Chester City, Lincoln City, Stoke City and Bradford City.[1]

He joined Bradford permanently in December 1995 for £30,000 and took part in their 1995–96 promotion season. He spent a period on loan at Blackpool before he signed on a free transfer for Northampton Town. He made further free transfers to Carlisle United and Hull City before signing for his final club Darlington in February 2001. Whilst at Carlisle, he played a part in one of the most dramatic footballing moments of all time. With Carlisle needing to beat Plymouth Argyle on the last day of the season to avoid relegation from the Football League, Brightwell equalised from 25 yards when they fell behind and this paved the way for Jimmy Glass, their goalkeeper, to score the winner in injury time.[2]

Brightwell played a total of 258 league games during his career, scoring eight goals.

Personal life[edit]

Brightwell was born in Lutterworth, England. He is the son of Olympic gold medalist Ann Packer and 400m runner Robbie Brightwell and brother of footballer Ian Brightwell. He now works as a fireman.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 1990–91 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1992–93 Premier League 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1993–94 Premier League 22 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
1994–95 Premier League 9 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 15 1
1995–96 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chester City (loan) 1990–91 Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Lincoln City (loan) 1995–96 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Stoke City (loan) 1995–96 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Bradford City 1995–96 Second Division 22 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
1996–97 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Blackpool (loan) 1996–97 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Northampton Town 1997–98 Second Division 35 1 5 0 2 0 3 0 45 1
Carlisle United 1998–99 Third Division 41 4 1 0 2 0 1 0 45 4
1999–2000 Third Division 37 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 42 0
Hull City 2000–01 Third Division 27 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 32 2
Darlington 2000–01 Third Division 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2001–02 Third Division 22 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
Career Total 257 8 21 1 12 0 13 0 303 9
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Manchester City

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