Dean Brennan

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Dean Brennan
Personal information
Full name Dean Brennan
Date of birth (1980-06-17) 17 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2000 Bohemians 0 (0)
2000–2002 Luton Town 9 (0)
2002–2003 Hitchin Town 47 (20)
2003–2004 Stevenage Borough 17 (2)
2003–2004 Hendon (loan) 4 (2)
2004–2005 Grays Athletic 45 (9)
2005–2006 Lewes 12 (2)
2006 Dunstable Town 3 (0)
2006 AFC Wimbledon 10 (0)
2006 Cambridge City 0 (0)
2006–2007 Chesham United ? (?)
2007 Hemel Hempstead Town 19 (1)
2007 Barton Rovers ? (?)
2007–2008 Halesowen Town 32 (22)
2008–2009 Corby Town 0 (0)
2009–2010 Aylesbury
2010–2011 Hemel Hempstead Town
2011–2012 Dunstable Town 40 (13)
Teams managed
2010 Hemel Hempstead Town (Caretaker)
2012– Hemel Hempstead Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dean Brennan (born 17 June 1980) is an Irish footballer and manager of Hemel Hempstead Town.


Brennan began his footballing career at Sheffield Wednesday but despite impressing at youth and reserve levels, he never made a first team appearance for the Owls. After being released by Wednesday in the summer of 2000, Brennan came home and went on trial at Bohemians. He made two appearances for the club in the FAI Super Cup but Roddy Collins decided not to sign the midfielder.

Brennan then went on trial at Luton Town and this time it was more successful, earning a two-year contract at Kenilworth Road.[1] He made his debut for the club in a 2–1 defeat at Wigan Athletic soon after. However, he never became a regular at the club and in 2002 moved to Hitchin Town.[2]

Luton would prove to be his last taste of league football as he drifted around the non-League scene with spells at Stevenage, Grays Athletic, Lewes, AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge City, Chesham United and Hemel Hempstead Town in the following years. In his brief spell with Wimbledon he earned the nickname "the Irish Beckham", a reference to his crossing ability.[3]

In August 2009, Brennan signed for Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division side Aylesbury.[4] In 2010, he rejoined Hemel Hempstead Town, and in March after the sacking of manager Gary Phillips, he was appointed as caretaker manager at the age of just 29.

Brennan began a second spell with Dunstable Town at the start of the 2011–12 season. He joined as player/coach and managed the team in cup ties. In May 2012 he rejoined Hemel Hempstead Town this time as manager.[5] He helped the Tudors to their highest ever finish (4th in Southern League Premier Division) this meant that they had qualified for the playoffs. They reached the final against Gosport Borough F.C., where they drew 2-2 which sent the game to penalties which was lost 5-4.

The following Season saw promotion to the Vanarama Conference League South Division, after winning the Evo-Stick Southern League by 10 clear points.

After a disastrous start to their first season in the Conference South League, Hemel finished in a creditable 9th position. Also they reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup, losing at Bury 3-1, this after taking the lead by James Potton. As Bury scored two late goals to take them through.

The 2015-6, now named National South League season saw Dean's Hemel just miss out on the 'Play-Offs' as Whitehawk FC pipped them on the last day, to that all important 5th place.


  1. ^ "Luton Town: Dean Brennan". Luton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Club guide". The Daily Telegraph. London: 8 August 2002. 
  3. ^ "Player profiles: Dean Brennan". AFC Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Aylesbury Football Club: Dean Brennan". Aylesbury F.C. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Brennan Back at Tudor's Helm". Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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