Grant Brebner

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Grant Brebner
Grant Brebner.jpg
Brebner playing for Melbourne Victory
Personal information
Full name Grant Ian Brebner[1]
Date of birth (1977-12-06) 6 December 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Moreland Zebras
Number 8
Youth career
000–1994 Hutchison Vale
1994–1998 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Manchester United 0 (0)
1998 Cambridge United (loan) 6 (1)
1998 Hibernian (loan) 9 (1)
1998–1999 Reading 41 (10)
1999–2004 Hibernian 123 (6)
2000–2001 Stockport County (loan) 6 (0)
2004–2006 Dundee United 60 (6)
2006–2012 Melbourne Victory 120 (6)
2012 Moreland Zebras 9 (0)
2013 Mazenod United 1 (0)
2013– Richmond SC
National team
1997–1999 Scotland U21[2] 17 (1)
Teams managed
2012– Moreland Zebras
2013– Richmond SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:38, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Grant Ian Brebner (born 6 December 1977) is a Scottish football player-manager at Australian Victorian Premier League side Richmond SC. Born in Edinburgh, Brebner joined Manchester United as a 16-year-old in 1994. He was loaned out to Cambridge United and Hibernian before being sold to Reading for £300k in 1998. He then returned to Hibernian on a permanent basis, and made more than 100 appearances in a five-year stint there that included a loan spell with Stockport County. In August 2004, he was transferred to Dundee United, before moving to Australia to play for Melbourne Victory.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

On leaving school in 1994, Brebner signed for Manchester United as an apprentice, playing in the FA Youth Cup winning side of 1995 and turning professional soon after. FourFourTwo magazine hailed him as the latest big talent to be produced by Manchester United's youth system.[3]

After four years in United's youth and reserve teams, Brebner was loaned to Cambridge United, where he scored his first senior goal while making six appearances. A further loan spell was spent back in Edinburgh at Hibernian, where Brebner suffered relegation at the end of the 1997–98 season.

Brebner was then transferred permanently to Reading at the start of the 1998–99 season. He was already 21 years old, but had never played a single first-team game for Manchester United. During his time at Reading, he scored 10 goals in 41 league games. He was also responsible for scoring the first ever goal at the Madejski Stadium, but he suffered from homesickness during his time at the club.[4]

Scotland[edit]

After just one season with Reading, Brebner returned to Hibernian on a permanent deal. Brebner moved on loan again to Stockport County during the 2000–01 season, but then established himself in the Hibs first team, playing in the 2001 Scottish Cup Final and the UEFA Cup.[3] Brebner scored a hat-trick against future employers Dundee United in a Scottish Cup match in February 2003.[5] He was latterly club captain at Hibs,[4] and was a senior player in the side with young stars like Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown.[3]

Brebner was surprisingly[6] transferred to Dundee United in August 2004, despite having just signed a three-year contract with Hibs.[4] He missed just three matches in his first season with United and scored seven times from 64 appearances in all for United. Following a change in management at the club, however, Brebner was informed by his new manager Craig Brewster in April 2006 that he would be allowed to leave the club at the end of the 2005–06 season.[7]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 26 May 2006, Brebner was reported by BBC Sport to be attracting interest from Melbourne Victory.[8] He subsequently flew to Australia for talks with the A-League club.[9] Brebner came on as a trialist and scored for Victory with seconds remaining, in the QNI North Queensland Challenge Trophy game versus Central Coast Mariners on 18 June. Securing a 2–2 draw, Brebner then scored the winning penalty to seal a 4–2 shoot-out win. On Brebner's performance, Victory manager Ernie Merrick said: "There's not too much more you can do when you're on trial than come in and win the game, is there?".[10] In Victory's second match on 20 June, Brebner completed the full 90 minutes, playing in a 3–1 win over Chinese team Changchun Yatai. Brebner completed a successful trial period by netting a 28-yard free-kick as Victory won the trophy with a 6–1 win over the Chinese team in the final, on 24 June.

On the back of his impressive displays during his trial, Brebner was signed to a full-time contract with the Melbourne Victory, having agreed on a deal to be released from his Dundee United contract. In his first season, he helped the Victory win the 2006–07 A-League premiership with five rounds remaining. The round 19 clash with Perth Glory away at Members Equity Stadium saw Brebner take the captain's armband for the first time in the absence of regular captain Kevin Muscat and vice-captain Archie Thompson. He scored the last of the five goals against Newcastle Jets in round 3 of the 2008–09 season. This was his second goal for the club, after scoring a late winner against Perth Glory in the 2006–07 season.

Brebner received Australian residency status at the start of 2009, which meant he no longer counted towards the Victory's overseas player quota.[11]

Betting controversy[edit]

In December 2008, Brebner was fined A$5,000 and banned for four matches after betting on Victory to lose an Asian Champions League match against Chonburi. Brebner, who won under $550 in the bet, was not part of the squad. Craig Moore and Kevin Muscat were also fined after betting on matches not involving their own clubs.[12] Brebner had previously confessed to being a gambling addict, losing more than £100,000, and received professional help for his addiction.[6]

Statistics[edit]

As of 5 February 2010
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Cambridge United (loan) Football League Third Division 6 1 - - - 6 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Hibernian(loan) Scottish Premier Division 9 1 - - - 9 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Reading Football League Second Division 39 9 1 0 3 1 - 43 10
1999-00 2 1 - 1 0 - 3 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 28 1 4 0 1 0 - 33 1
2000–01 11 0 4 0 2 0 - 17 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Stockport County (loan) Football League First Division 6 0 - - - 6 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 28 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 35 3
2002–03 32 3 3 3 3 1 - 38 7
2003–04 22 1 1 0 3 1 - 26 2
2004–05 2 0 - - 1 0 3 0
Dundee United 34 2 4 0 2 1 - 40 3
2005–06 26 4 - 1 0 1 0 28 4
Australia League Cup League Cup Oceania/Asia Total
2006–07 Melbourne Victory A-League 21 1 - - - 21 1
2007–08 14 0 - - - 14 0
2008–09 20 2 - - - 20 2
2009–10 22 1 - - - 22 1
Career total 322 29 20 4 19 4 3 0 364 37

Honours[edit]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

2006–2007, 2008–09
2006–2007, 2008–09

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005.06. Cre8 Publishing. 2005. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-95485-561-1. 
  2. ^ "Grant Brebner". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Brebner on a journey of discovery that will never reach its end, The Herald, 3 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Brebner’s new beginning, The Sunday Times, 3 October 2004.
  5. ^ Brebner is Hibs hero, BBC Sport, 13 February 2003.
  6. ^ a b SOCCER STAR'S GAMBLING CONFESSION: I'm addicted to betting, Sunday Mirror, 14 November 2004.
  7. ^ "Brebner poised for Tannadice exit". BBC Sport. 27 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Melbourne give Brebner a way out". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Brebner jets to Australia for Melbourne talks". tribalfootball.com. 12 June 2006. Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Triallist the hero in tournament victory". Football Federation Australia. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  11. ^ Bernard, Grantley (19 March 2009). "Melbourne Victory may launch title defence in China". The Herald Sun (News Ltd). Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Brebner, Moore and Muscat fined for bets". The Scotsman. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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