|Full name||Febian Earlston Brandy|
|Date of birth||4 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Striker/ Winger|
|Current club||Sheffield United|
|2008||→ Swansea City (loan)||19||(3)|
|2008–2009||→ Swansea City (loan)||14||(0)|
|2009||→ Hereford United (loan)||15||(4)|
|2009–2010||→ Gillingham (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:18, 3 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Febian Earlston Brandy (born 4 February 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a striker and a winger for Sheffield United. Born in Manchester, he began his career at Manchester United, but he was unable to break into the first team and spent time on loan at Swansea City, Hereford United and Gillingham before his release in July 2010. He signed for Notts County in February 2011, but made only four appearances and was released at the end of the season. After a short spell in Greece with Panetolikos, he returned to England to sign for Walsall in July 2012 before joining Sheffield United the following summer.
Brandy was at Manchester United from the age of nine; having been spotted playing for his local team, West End Boys. Having recovered from various injuries, including a broken leg, that ruled him out of much of the 2005–06 season, Brandy was a regular starter in the United reserve team, and scored his first goal for the reserves against Bolton Wanderers in October 2006.
Brandy started up front for United against Liverpool in both legs of the FA Youth Cup final, winning a penalty in the first leg – which Sam Hewson converted – but missing a chance when through on goal in the second leg, which his youth team manager Paul McGuinness described as a "key moment" in the tie which Liverpool won on penalties. Brandy was also the scorer of the only goal in the 2007 Champions Youth Cup final against Juventus.
On 17 January 2008, Swansea City signed Brandy on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season, which was confirmed by United the following morning, and Brandy made his Swansea debut in their match against Port Vale on 19 January 2008, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Paul Anderson.
Brandy returned to Manchester United for pre-season training in July 2008, but was sent out for a second six-month spell on loan at Swansea on 22 July 2008. He returned to Manchester United on 12 January 2009.
On 2 February 2009, Brandy joined Hereford United on a month-long loan deal, subsequently extended until the end of the season. He made his debut for the Bulls on 14 February 2009, and scored the first goal in a 3–2 away win over Cheltenham Town; fellow on-loan Manchester United player Sam Hewson scored Hereford's other two goals. Brandy's four goals in League One made him Hereford's second highest goalscorer for the 2008–09 season.
On 4 November 2009, Brandy joined League One side Gillingham on a two-month loan deal. He scored and was named as Man of the Match on his Gillingham debut, a 3–0 FA Cup first round win over Southend United on 7 November.
At the end of his contract on 30 June 2010, Brandy was allowed to leave Manchester United on a free transfer.
On 28 February 2011, after unsuccessful trials with Leicester City and Preston North End, Brandy signed for Notts County until the end of the 2010–11 season. Brandy made four appearances for the club but he was released at the end of that season when his contract was not renewed.
Brandy spent more than six months as a free agent until, in February 2012, he joined Greek Superleague club Panetolikos on a free transfer, but left the club without appearing for the first-team. After leaving Panetolikos, Brandy says the club didn't pay his wages since his move. On his time with Panetolikos, Brandy stated "I had a call from an agent, who had a club lined up for me in Greece, so I went out there just hoping to play some football... They promised me a house, a car, but I didn’t even get a wage in the end, and I had to sleep on a mate’s couch... I had to ask them for a bed and some money to live on - not a lot to ask, really... They promised me they would sort it, but they never did and I had to terminate my contract."
In July 2012, he went on trial with Walsall, where he impressed enough to earn a permanent contract with the club. Brandy made his debut for Walsall as an 89th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Brentford in the first round of League Cup. He then came on for Jamie Paterson in the opening game of the league season, a 3–0 loss against Doncaster Rovers. After the match, Brandy suffered an hamstring injury. After making a slow start without scoring, Brandy finally scored his first goal for the club (and his first goal in English Football since late-2009) in a 2–2 draw against Crawley Town on 17 November 2012. Brandy continued to impress the club when he made a double assist for Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg in a 2–2 draw against Yeovil Town on 15 December 2012. The next game, Brandy soon scored a winner in a 1–0 win over Colchester United; followed up with his second and set up a goal for Paterson, for the third goal, in a 4–2 win over Milton Keynes Dons. His fourth came in Walsall's televised league game on Sky Sports against Portsmouth and set up a goal for Grigg; his fifth came when he scored in a 3–1 win Bournemouth. Due to his goalscoring form, Brandy said he proved the critics wrong by placing 14th, 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
On 25 June 2013 Brandy signed for League One club Sheffield United on a two-year contract with the option of a third year. Upon siging for United, Bandy stated that "United are a team that are destined for big things... It’s a club that should be towards the top end of the Championship. I had offers from the Championship, but United are a team who can do big things this season and I want to be a part of that. The history of the club is a big attraction, and I was excited by David Weir’s plans for the club after speaking to him. There are exciting times ahead; the players already here are very good, and hopefully I can help us win promotion back to where we belong this season." Before signing for the Blades, Brandy claimed that clubs in Russia and the United States were interested in signing him. Brandy made his debut for the Blades in the opening fixture of the following season, in a 2–1 home defeat of Notts County.
Brandy made his debut for England U-20 against Montenegro on 11 August 2009, scoring twice before half-time. England won the match 5–0, with Brandy's Manchester United team-mate Tom Cleverley getting two goals.
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