Ged Brannan

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Ged Brannan
Personal information
Full name Gerard Daniel Brannan
Date of birth (1972-01-15) 15 January 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Prescot, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Tranmere Rovers 238 (20)
1997–1998 Manchester City 42 (4)
1998 Norwich City (loan) 11 (1)
1998–2001 Motherwell 81 (16)
2001–2003 Wigan Athletic 52 (0)
2003 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 8 (0)
2003 Rochdale (loan) 11 (1)
2003–2005 Accrington Stanley 49 (7)
2005 Radcliffe Borough 11 (0)
2005–2007 Morecambe 55 (1)
2007–2008 Vauxhall Motors 11 (1)
2008–2009 Burscough ? (?)
Total 569 (51)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gerard Daniel Brannan is an English former footballer, born on 15 January 1972. He played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Brannan had a well-travelled career, beginning at Tranmere Rovers, before a £750,000 transfer to Manchester City in March 1997.[1]

Mostly used as a squad player at Manchester City, he was loaned to Norwich City between August and October 1998, scoring once against Sheffield United,[2] and was then sold to Motherwell for £375,000 in October 1998, thus terminating his spell at Norwich.[3]

Brannan moved onto Wigan in February 2001, where he remained until November 2003, scoring once against Blackpool in the League Cup.[4] Whilst at Wigan he had short loan spells at Dunfermline and Rochdale.[1]

A free transfer to Accrington Stanley in November 2003 was next on the agenda, where he spent two seasons.[3]

After leaving Stanley, Ged spent a short period playing for Radcliffe Borough before signing for Morecambe in November 2005,[3] making his debut against Cambridge United. Shortly before the match, Morecambe manager Jim Harvey suffered a heart attack. Morecambe lost the first match 1–0.[citation needed]

Signed by Harvey as a midfielder, Brannan was soon dropped by caretaker manager Sammy McIlroy, but eventually made the right back position his own, after filling in for an injury and putting in several impressive performances. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Morecambe in a 2–2 draw with Exeter City.[5]

Brannan saw himself out of the team again at the start of the 2006–07 season, as Adam Yates was brought to Morecambe to play at right-back. Brannan filled in central defence during the absence of club captain Jim Bentley through injury and made several appearances in midfield.

In December 2006, it was announced Brannan would be moving to Southport to take the assistant manager position, as club manager Paul Cook was a personal friend. However, Cook was sacked from Southport before the move could take place in the January transfer window, and subsequently Brannan has decided to stay with Morecambe. His Morecambe squad number for the 2006–07 season was 12.[citation needed]

Morecambe's triumph presented Brannan with the accolade of becoming the first player to win promotion at both the old and new Wembley.[citation needed]

On 2 November 2007 Brannan came out of retirement and signed for Vauxhall Motors and made his debut the next day at Rivacre Park in their home game against Worcester City. He now[when?] plays for Burscough in the Conference North.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

During his time at Motherwell, Brannan received a call up by the Cayman Islands national team, on 29 February 2000 along with several other league players including Barry Hayles and Wayne Collins, at the time both at Fulham. Brannan accepted the call up, however, this scheme was soon ended after intervention from FIFA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Herringshaw, George. "Ged Brannan". Sporting-Heroes.net. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Marcelo magic boosts Blades". thefreelibrary.com. 19 September 1998. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Whitlam, Steve (2010). "Ged Brannan biography". Flown from the Nest. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Worthington Cup". Telegraph. 21 August 2001. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Morecambe 2–2 Exeter". BBC. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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