Des Bremner

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Des Bremner
Des Bremner vs Dieter Hoeneß (1982).jpg
Bremner (left) playing for Aston Villa in the 1982 European Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Desmond George Bremner[1]
Date of birth (1952-09-07) 7 September 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Aberchirder, Banffshire, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1971–1972 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1979 Hibernian 199 (18)
1979–1984 Aston Villa 174 (9)
1984–1989 Birmingham City 168 (5)
1989–1990 Fulham 16 (0)
1990 Walsall 6 (0)
1990–1992 Stafford Rangers 40 (0)
1994 Sutton Town
National team
1974–1976 Scotland U23[2] 9 (2)
1976 Scottish League XI[3] 1 (0)
1976 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Desmond George Bremner (born 7 September 1952) is a Scottish former professional football midfielder. He made more than 600 league appearances for clubs in both Scotland and England, was a member of Aston Villa's European Cup-winning team of 1982, and was capped for the Scotland national team.


Born in Aberchirder, Banffshire, Bremner began his football career with Banff-based Highland League club Deveronvale before joining Hibernian in 1971, turning professional in November 1972. He made his only appearance for Scotland while with Hibs in March 1976, coming on as a substitute for Kenny Dalglish in the game against Switzerland.

He moved to Aston Villa in 1979 for a fee of £275,000 and quickly settled as a regular in the side. In his second season with the club he was an ever-present as they took the Football League title, their first for 71 years. The following season Bremner was a member of Villa's European Cup-winning side.

He left the club in September 1984, rejoining his former Villa manager Ron Saunders, who by then was managing local rivals Birmingham City. He helped Birmingham to promotion back to the First Division, relegation back to the Second Division the following season, and a further relegation to the Third Division before moving to Fulham on a free transfer in August 1989. He joined Walsall in March 1990 on non-contract terms and subsequently played for Stafford Rangers before retiring in 1991.

After retiring as a player he worked for the Professional Footballers' Association, subsequently becoming the managing director of the financial division of the organisation.[4]

His brother Kevin was also a professional footballer.[5]




Aston Villa[5]

Birmingham City[5]


  1. ^ "Des Bremner". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Des Bremner". AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Des Bremner". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Planning a sound financial strategy". Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  6. ^ "Celtic prove they are still masters". Glasgow Herald. 28 October 1974. p. 4. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ Paul, Ian (29 May 1979). "Duncan's own goal keeps Cup at Ibrox". Glasgow Herald. p. 28. Retrieved 29 December 2015.


  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  • "Des Bremner". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown.