Chris Brunt

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Chris Brunt
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Brunt playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2015
Personal information
Full name Christopher Brunt[1]
Date of birth (1984-12-14) 14 December 1984 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Left Winger / Attacking Midfielder / Left-back
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2002 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2004 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 6 (2)
2004–2007 Sheffield Wednesday 134 (21)
2007– West Bromwich Albion 286 (39)
National team
2002–2003 Northern Ireland U19 8 (3)
2005–2006 Northern Ireland U21 2 (1)
2005 Northern Ireland U23 1 (0)
2004– Northern Ireland 54 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:59, 4 March 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:59, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Christopher "Chris" Brunt (born 14 December 1984) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for and is the vice-captain of Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. He plays as a left winger, as an attacking midfielder or left-back. He has also played in the Football League for Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, and has appeared for Northern Ireland at youth and full international levels.

Early life[edit]

Brunt was born and raised 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.[3]

Club career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Brunt had trials with professional teams Rangers and Middlesbrough, eventually signing for Middlesbrough, but he failed to break into the first team.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Brunt playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 2006

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.[4]

In the 2004–05 season, 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.[5]

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 saw him 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'.[6]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

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 included £500,000 of performance-related add-ons.[7][8] Brunt made his Albion debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 home win over Barnsley on 1 September 2007.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 victory away at Scunthorpe United on 22 September 2007.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] He went on to score the free-kick in West Brom's 2–0 win over QPR that sealed automatic promotion.[13] 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.[14]

In January 2011, Brunt was made stand-in captain as the manager decided to drop old club captain Scott Carson. When Roy Hodgson took charge of the Baggies in February 2011, he made Brunt the permanent captain of the club.[15] Brunt continued to be club captain after a new head coach was appointed when Hodgson had left to manage the English national team.[16]

Brunt continued his role as West Brom captain in the 2012–13 season 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 30-yard strike against 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.[17][18] Alan Irvine confirmed Brunt would remain as club captain when he was appointed West Brom manager in the summer of 2014.[19] He signed a new three-year deal on 10 August 2014 to keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.[20]

Brunt relinquished the captaincy to new signing Darren Fletcher when the former Manchester United player made his debut for West Brom on 8 February 2015 in a match against Burnley.[21] On 18 May 2015, Brunt was hit in the head by a ball kicked by Cesc Fàbregas in a match against Chelsea which resulted in the sending off of the latter.[22] He was struck on the face by a coin thrown by a West Brom supporter on 20 February 2016 in an FA Cup fifth round tie at Championship side Reading. Brunt was appalled by the incident, stating: "If people come to football matches and think it is acceptable to throw coins at footballers or anyone else, it is disgusting."[23]

International career[edit]

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 away victory over San Marino.[24] 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.[25]

He missed out on the chance to appear at Euro 2016 after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament which required surgery.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 27 February 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2003–04[27] Second Division 9 2 9 2
2004–05[28] League One 42 4 1 0 2 0 4[a] 1 49 5
2005–06[29] Championship 44 7 1 0 2 0 47 7
2006–07[30] Championship 44 10 2 0 1 0 47 10
2007–08[31] Championship 1 0 1 0
Total 140 23 4 0 5 0 4 1 153 24
West Bromwich Albion 2007–08[31] Championship 34 4 6 1 1 0 41 5
2008–09[32] Premier League 34 9 3 0 1 0 38 9
2009–10[33] Championship 40 13 3 0 0 0 43 13
2010–11[34] Premier League 34 4 1 0 0 0 35 4
2011–12[35] Premier League 29 2 0 0 1 1 30 3
2012–13[36] Premier League 31 2 1 0 1 1 33 3
2013–14[37] Premier League 28 3 0 0 1 0 29 3
2014–15[38] Premier League 34 2 4 1 1 0 39 3
2015–16[39] Premier League 22 0 3 0 1 0 26 0
Total 286 39 21 2 7 2 314 43
Career total 426 62 25 2 12 2 4 1 467 67
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three appearances and one goal in League One play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2015.[40]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2004 1 0
2005 5 0
2006 1 0
2007 9 0
2008 5 0
2009 5 1
2010 5 0
2011 5 0
2012 4 0
2013 5 0
2014 3 0
2015 6 0
Total 54 1

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 February 2009. Northern Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Brunt goal.[40]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 11 February 2009 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino 22  San Marino 3–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [24]

Honours[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday

West Bromwich Albion

Individual

Personal life[edit]

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. Brunt is a cousin of ice hockey player Shawn Thornton.[42][43]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Doncaster 2–3 West Brom". BBC Sport. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
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