Febian Brandy

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Febian Brandy
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Personal information
Full name Febian Earlston Brandy[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Winger
Club information
Current club Walsall
(on loan from Sheffield United)
Number 29
Youth career
1998–2007 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Manchester United 0 (0)
2008 Swansea City (loan) 19 (3)
2008–2009 Swansea City (loan) 14 (0)
2009 Hereford United (loan) 15 (4)
2009–2010 Gillingham (loan) 7 (1)
2011 Notts County 9 (0)
2012 Panetolikos 0 (0)
2012–2013 Walsall 34 (7)
2013– Sheffield United 14 (0)
2014– Walsall (loan) 16 (3)
National team
2004–2005 England U16 4 (2)
2005–2006 England U17 2 (1)
2006–2007 England U18 2 (1)
2007–2008 England U19 5 (2)
2009 England U20 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 8 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:07, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Febian Earlston Brandy (born 4 February 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a striker and a winger for Walsall on loan from Sheffield United. Born in Manchester, he began his career at Manchester United, but he was unable to break into the first team and spent time on loan at Swansea City, Hereford United and Gillingham before his release in July 2010. He signed for Notts County in February 2011, but made only four appearances and was released at the end of the season. After a short spell in Greece with Panetolikos, he returned to England to sign for Walsall in July 2012 before joining Sheffield United the following summer.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Brandy was at Manchester United from the age of nine; having been spotted playing for his local team, West End Boys. Having recovered from various injuries, including a broken leg, that ruled him out of much of the 2005–06 season, Brandy was a regular starter in the United reserve team, and scored his first goal for the reserves against Bolton Wanderers in October 2006.

Brandy started up front for United against Liverpool in both legs of the FA Youth Cup final, winning a penalty in the first leg – which Sam Hewson converted – but missing a chance when through on goal in the second leg, which his youth team manager Paul McGuinness described as a "key moment" in the tie which Liverpool won on penalties.[3] Brandy was also the scorer of the only goal in the 2007 Champions Youth Cup final against Juventus.[4]

On 17 January 2008, Swansea City signed Brandy on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season,[5] which was confirmed by United the following morning,[6] and Brandy made his Swansea debut in their match against Port Vale on 19 January 2008, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Paul Anderson.

Brandy returned to Manchester United for pre-season training in July 2008, but was sent out for a second six-month spell on loan at Swansea on 22 July 2008.[7] He returned to Manchester United on 12 January 2009.[8]

On 2 February 2009, Brandy joined Hereford United on a month-long loan deal, subsequently extended until the end of the season.[9] He made his debut for the Bulls on 14 February 2009, and scored the first goal in a 3–2 away win over Cheltenham Town; fellow on-loan Manchester United player Sam Hewson scored Hereford's other two goals.[10] Brandy's four goals in League One made him Hereford's second highest goalscorer for the 2008–09 season.

On 4 November 2009, Brandy joined League One side Gillingham on a two-month loan deal.[11] He scored and was named as Man of the Match on his Gillingham debut, a 3–0 FA Cup first round win over Southend United on 7 November.[12]

At the end of his contract on 30 June 2010, Brandy was allowed to leave Manchester United on a free transfer.[13]

Notts County[edit]

On 28 February 2011, after unsuccessful trials with Leicester City[14] and Preston North End,[15] Brandy signed for Notts County until the end of the 2010–11 season.[16] Brandy made four appearances for the club but he was released at the end of that season when his contract was not renewed.[17]

Panetolikos[edit]

Brandy spent more than six months as a free agent until, in February 2012, he joined Greek Superleague club Panetolikos on a free transfer,[18] but left the club without appearing for the first-team. After leaving Panetolikos, Brandy says the club didn't pay his wages since his move.[19] On his time with Panetolikos, Brandy stated "I had a call from an agent, who had a club lined up for me in Greece, so I went out there just hoping to play some football... They promised me a house, a car, but I didn’t even get a wage in the end, and I had to sleep on a mate’s couch... I had to ask them for a bed and some money to live on - not a lot to ask, really... They promised me they would sort it, but they never did and I had to terminate my contract."[20]

Walsall[edit]

In July 2012, he went on trial with Walsall,[21] where he impressed enough to earn a permanent contract with the club.[22] Brandy made his debut for Walsall as an 89th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Brentford in the first round of League Cup. He then came on for Jamie Paterson in the opening game of the league season, a 3–0 loss against Doncaster Rovers. After the match, Brandy suffered an hamstring injury.[23] After making a slow start without scoring, Brandy finally scored his first goal for the club (and his first goal in English Football since late-2009) in a 2–2 draw against Crawley Town on 17 November 2012. Brandy continued to impress the club when he made a double assist for Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg in a 2–2 draw against Yeovil Town on 15 December 2012.[24] The next game, Brandy soon scored a winner in a 1–0 win over Colchester United; followed up with his second and set up a goal for Paterson, for the third goal, in a 4–2 win over Milton Keynes Dons. His fourth came in Walsall's televised league game on Sky Sports against Portsmouth and set up a goal for Grigg;[25] his fifth came when he scored in a 3–1 win Bournemouth. Due to his goalscoring form, Brandy said he proved the critics wrong by placing 14th, 14 points clear of the relegation zone.[26]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 25 June 2013 Brandy signed for League One club Sheffield United on a two-year contract with the option of a third year.[27] Before signing for the Blades, Brandy claimed that clubs in Russia and the United States were interested in signing him.[20] Brandy made his debut for the Blades in the opening fixture of the following season, in a 2–1 home defeat of Notts County.[28] After initially being a regular starter for the Blades, Brandy picked up two red cards in quick succession in October and November of that year, picking up a seven game suspension in total.[29] By the time Brandy returned to first team contention, Nigel Clough had taken over as manager and used Brandy only as an occasional substitute. As United looked to revamp their squad, in January 2014 Brandy was loaned back to former club Walsall for the remainder of the season.[30]

International career[edit]

Brandy made his debut for England U-20 against Montenegro on 11 August 2009, scoring twice before half-time. England won the match 5–0, with Brandy's Manchester United team-mate Tom Cleverley getting two goals.[31]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Swansea City

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Mawhinney, Stuart (27 April 2007). "McGuinness takes stock". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Brandy clinches inaugural Champions Youth Cup title". 27 August 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Swans to sign Man United striker". swanseacity.net (Swansea City Football Club). 17 January 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  6. ^ Hibbs, Ben (17 January 2008). "Swansea order Brandy". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Swans snap up Brandy in loan deal". BBC Sport. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Brandy ends loan spell at Swansea". BBC Sport. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bulls take Brandy on loan". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 2 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Cheltenham 2–3 Hereford". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Gills sign up Brandy on loan deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 November 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Gillingham 3–0 Southend". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 November 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  13. ^ Bartram, Steve (24 June 2010). "Young quintet to depart". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Leicester City take former Manchester United striker on trial". This is Leicestershire. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Top-shelf strike target former United star". GiveMeFootball. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Brandy Signs". Notts County F.C. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Graeme Lee one of eight to leave Notts County". BBC Sport. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Πήρε τον Μπράντι ο Παναιτωλικός" (in Greek). Ola Ta Goal. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Fergie put frighteners on Febian to kick-start career". Express & Star. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Blades new boy wants to put Greek nightmare behind him". Sheffield Telegraph. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Walsall FC boss hopeful as trialists look good". Express & Star. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Striker Febian Brandy joins League One side Walsall". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Saddlers look for fizz from Febian Brandy". Express & Star. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Walsall 2-2 Yeovil". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 December 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Walsall 2-0 Portsmouth". BBC. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Febian Brandy hits back at Walsall FC doubters". Express & Star. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Fabien Brandy one of four new signings". BBC Sport. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Sheffield United's David Weir off to winning start against Notts County". The Guardian. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Febian Brandy must control temper - Shaun Miller". BBC Sport. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Brandy rejoins Saddlers". Sheffield United F.C. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  31. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (11 August 2009). "Five star England cruise to victory". TheFA.com (The Football Association). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 

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