Leigh Bromby

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Leigh Bromby
Personal information
Full name Leigh David Bromby
Date of birth (1980-06-02) 2 June 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Dewsbury, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town (Professional Development Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 100 (2)
1999–2000 Mansfield Town (loan) 10 (1)
2003 Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2008 Sheffield United 109 (6)
2008–2009 Watford 40 (1)
2009 Sheffield United (loan) 13 (1)
2009 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2009–2013 Leeds United 55 (1)
Total 332 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:04, 3 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Leigh David Bromby (born 2 June 1980) is a retired English footballer who last played for Leeds United in the Championship of the English Football League as a defender. Bromby subsequently became a coach of Leeds United's Under 16's side.[1] He currently works for Huddersfield Town as the Professional Development Coach.

He's the only player to have played 100 games for each of the steel city rivals Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. He is also well known for his long throw.


Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Born in Dewsbury, Bromby started his footballing career when he was spotted by Daniel Firth at whitchapel Middle school before joining Liversedge before being spotted by Sheffield Wednesday. He then progressed through the Sheffield Wednesday youth academy, and in September 1999 joined Mansfield Town on loan for three months. He made his Football League debut on 12 December 1999 in a 0–0 draw at Barnet. He scored his first career goal in a 3–1 home win over Southend United in January 2000.

Bromby made his Wednesday debut the following season; on 23 December 2000 as substitute in a 1–0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He went on to make 20 appearances that season.

He spent part of the 2002–03 season on loan at Norwich City[2] before returning to Wednesday. After making 112 appearances for the club he moved to local rivals Sheffield United in a free transfer on 24 May 2004.[3]

Sheffield United[edit]

Bromby made his début for Sheffield United against Burnley at Turf Moor on 7 August 2004 in a 1–1 draw. He played in all 46 league matches that season and scored his first senior goal for the club in the same game a diving header at the far post.

On 15 August 2006, he signed a new three-year contract with United, with an option for a further year.[4]

Bromby spent much of the 2007–08 season on the sidelines, making only 15 appearances. His longest spell in the side was in January 2008, when he played 6 games in which United lost only once.


On 31 January 2008 he moved to Watford signing a three and a half year contract, for a fee of £600,000 rising to £850,000 based on appearances.[5] His final appearance for United had been in a league fixture against his new club, two days previously. His former manager, Bryan Robson, admitted that he did not want to sell Bromby, but he had wanted regular football and Watford's offer had been reasonable.[6] On 2 February 2008, Bromby made his debut for Watford at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Within the first minute his long throw set up Steve Kabba to score in an eventual 3–0 victory.[7] After only a year at Vicarage Road Bromby returned to Sheffield United on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.[8] He scored once in the league for Watford, in a 1–1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on 11 April 2008.[9]

Sheffield United[edit]

Ironically, having returned to Bramall Lane, just as his first spell at the club ended with an appearance against Watford, his first game back with the Blades also saw him appear as a second-half substitute against The Hornets despite them still being his current employers.[8] Bromby played the remainder of the season as defensive cover, completing thirteen appearances and one goal during his loan period. Following the end of the season he signed a new two-year deal with United, returning to his former club on a free transfer.[10]

Leeds United[edit]

Only a few weeks after re-signing for Sheffield United, and after failing to make a league appearance under manager Kevin Blackwell, Bromby moved to Leeds United for an undisclosed fee at the end of the August 2009 transfer window. As a child Bromby was brought up as a Leeds United fan, so the move helped fulfill a dream of playing for his boyhood heroes.[citation needed]

2009–10 season[edit]

He made his Leeds debut in the 2–0 league victory over Stockport County.[11] Bromby gave away a penalty in his second start for Leeds, however Leeds goalkeeper Shane Higgs saved Southend United striker Lee Barnard's penalty. Since joining Leeds Bromby has played in the centre back and right back roles. Bromby scored his first goal for Leeds in another match against Stockport County, with a strike in the closing stages to put Leeds 3–2 ahead.[12] Bromby received his 5th booking of the season in the same game against Stockport and missed the next match – an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United. With Bromby being a Leeds fan, the suspension was especially tough to take.[citation needed] Leeds ended up pulling off a famous victory against Manchester United with Bromby's replacement Jason Crowe putting in a fantastic performance.[13] Crowe's performance earned him a start ahead of Bromby in the following game against Wycombe Wanderers with Bromby having to settle for a place on the bench. With captain Richard Naylor out injured for the FA Cup 4th round match against Tottenham Hotspur, Bromby played at the heart of Leeds' defence and helped Leeds earn a 2–2 draw and a replay against their Premier League opposition. Bromby started Leeds' last game of the season, replacing the injured captain Richard Naylor. Leeds won the game 2–1 and thus sealed promotion to The Championship.

2010–11 season[edit]

Bromby started the Championship season as Leeds' fourth choice defender, with Naylor, Collins and new signing Alex Bruce ahead of him in the starting lineup. Bromby made his first league appearance of the season on 16 October for Leeds when he came on as a second-half substitute against Middlesbrough.[14] He made only his second appearance of the season on 18 December against Queens Park Rangers when he came on as an early first-half substitute for Alex Bruce in Leeds 2–0 win over the league leaders.[15] Bromby made his third appearance of the season as a substitute against Arsenal on 8 January. Leeds were 1–0 up when Robert Snodgrass scored a second half penalty, Arsenal equalised in the 90th minute when Cesc Fàbregas scored a penalty.[16]

Bromby came on as a second-half substitute against Arsenal after Andy O'Brien came off injured.[17] He then made his first start of the season in the following game against Portsmouth. After several months out of the team, Bromby regained his starting lineup spot on a regular basis displacing Alex Bruce.[18]

2011–12 season[edit]

Bromby started the first two games of the season for Leeds on the bench against Southampton and Bradford City but he came into the starting lineup for Leeds' first league home game of the season against Middlesbrough.[19] After missing games through injury, Bromby came back into Leeds' starting lineup replacing the suspended Patrick Kisnorbo on 20 September, coming into the side for a League Cup tie against fierce rivals Manchester United.[20] Bromby kept his place for Leeds in a 3–3 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion, during which he conceded a penalty.[21]

After getting a run of games under his former Blades manager Neil Warnock, Bromby picked up a serious injury against Cardiff City on 21 April when he snapped the Patella tendon in his knee cap.[22] Leeds confirmed the injury was very severe and that Bromby would require surgery on the injury, which could rule him out of action for a year.[23]

On 3 May, It was revealed that Bromby had undergone surgery on the ruptured Patella knee tendon, Manager Neil Warnock proclaimed the injury to be very 'rare' and refused to put an exact timescale on Bromby's possible return.

However Brombys injury was so severe it was announced by the club that he will miss the entire 2012/13 season with the injury. [24]

2012–13 season[edit]

At the clubs annual 2012/2013 end of season awards, despite missing the whole season through injury, Bromby won the clubs Community Award for all his work within the community.[25]

Having missed the whole of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Bromby was released from his playing contract, but would carry on a role as a coach in Leeds' academy.[26]

At the start of the 2013/14 season on 25 July 2013, Bromby announced his retirement as a footballer due to his knee injury, and he officially joined the Leeds academy full-time as the clubs Under 16's coach.[27]

Coaching career[edit]

Bromby joined the Leeds United coaching set up on 3 April 2013, after taking his coaching badges whilst injured, after the sacking of Neil Warnock, Bromby became a coach of Leeds' Under 18 side to assist Chris Coates who was covering for Richard Naylor.[1]

On 3 May, it was announced that Bromby would join Leeds academy coaching team full-time.[26] On 11 July 2014, Bromby and Under 18's manager Richard Naylor were made redundant by owner Massimo Cellino.

On 4 August 2014, Bromby joined Huddersfield Town as Professional Development Coach.


Leeds United
Sheffield United


* Leeds United Contribution To The Community Award 2009–10

* Leeds United Contribution To The Community Award 2012–13

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Loan Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12 Leeds United Championship 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2010–11 Championship 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2009–10 League One 32 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 39 1
2008–09 Sheffield United Loan Championship 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 1
2008–09 Watford Championship 22 0 1 0 5 0 28 0
2007–08 Championship 16 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 1
2007–08 Sheffield United Championship 11 0 2 0 3 0 16 0
2006–07 Premier League 17 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
2005–06 Championship 35 1 0 0 2 0 - 37 1
2004–05 Championship 46 5 5 0 3 0 54 5
2003–04 Sheffield Wednesday Division Two 29 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 37 1
2002–03 Norwich City Loan Division One 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2002–03 Sheffield Wednesday Division One 27 0 1 0 2 0 30 0
2001–02 Division One 26 1 1 0 6 0 33 1
2000–01 Division One 18 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
1999–00 Mansfield Town Loan Division Three 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 1
1999–00 Sheffield Wednesday Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sheffield Wednesday Club Total 100 2 7 0 8 0 5 0 0 0 120 2
Total 322 12 23 0 24 0 8 0 3 0 380 12


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