Tesfaye Bramble

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Tes Bramble
Personal information
Full name Tesfaye Walda Simeon Bramble
Date of birth (1980-07-20) 20 July 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Chelmsford City ? (?)
2000–2001 Cambridge City 18 (3)
2001Southend United (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2005 Southend United 139 (29)
2005Cambridge United (loan) 9 (3)
2005–2007 Stockport County 68 (11)
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough 11 (1)
2008–2009 Leiston 7 (5)
2009–2010 Felixstowe & Walton United 6 (0)
2013–2014 Hadleigh United 21 (4)
2014 Ipswich Wanderers 1 (0)
National team
2004 Montserrat 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:33, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Tesfaye Walda Simeon "Tes" Bramble (born 20 July 1980 in Ipswich,[citation needed] England) was an English-born Montserratian footballer. He made over 200 appearances in the Football League, scoring 43 goals, between 2001 and 2007, and played international football for Montserrat.

Football career[edit]

Bramble, who is the brother of footballer Titus Bramble, started his career at Chelmsford City and went to Southern League club Cambridge City before signing for Southend United in January 2001.[1] Manager Dave Webb initially signed Bramble on loan before the deal was made permanent for a fee of £7,000.[2] Bramble made over 150 league and cup appearances, scoring 40 goals, in four-and-a-half seasons at Southend United,[1] and played for Southend in the Football League Trophy final at the Millennium Stadium in March 2004.[3]

During his time at Southend United, Bramble was forced to play in goal against Boston United when goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan was sent off for handball outside the area. He kept a clean sheet for the period he was in goal, making a couple of inspired saves.

Bramble qualifies to play for Montserrat through his maternal grandfather and was called up in November 2004. He made his international debut in a Caribbean Cup qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda in which he scored but was unable to prevent Montserrat losing 5–4.[4]

Bramble spent two months on loan at Cambridge United, where he scored three times in nine games,[1] before being released by Southend United at the end of the 2004–05 season,[5] and joining Stockport County on a two-year contract in June 2005.[6] He made over 70 appearances for Stockport, scoring 12 goals.[1] Bramble was out of contract in the summer of 2007 and signed for Stevenage Borough in July 2007,[7] but was sidelined for two-months following knee surgery in November 2007.[8] He was released at the end of the 2007–08 season,[9] having made 11 Conference National appearances and scoring a one goal.[1] He joined Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Leiston in August 2008.[10] After his release from prison in November 2013 he joined Hadleigh United [11] and made more than 20 appearances for the club as they won the Thurlow Nunn League title. In June 2014, Bramble announced his retirement from football, but he subsequently retained his playing registration with Hadleigh and came on as a second-half substitute in a match on 27 September 2014.

In December 2014, Bramble signed terms with Ipswich Wanderers.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2011, Bramble was convicted of rape and sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison,[13] after a four-day trial at Leeds Crown Court[14]

On 4 November 2013, Bramble was released after serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tes Bramble". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Bramble to tie up Blues deal". Gazette News. 23 January 2001. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Blackpool 2–0 Southend". BBC Sport. 21 March 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  4. ^ "International call for Blues striker". Gazette News. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Shrimpers release striker Bramble". BBC Sport. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Stockport snap up striker Bramble". BBC Sport. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Stevenage recruit striker Bramble". BBC Sport. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Stevenage man Bramble has surgery". BBC Sport. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  9. ^ "Boro release five". Non League Daily. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Bramble coup for Leiston". Non League Daily. 8 August 2008. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  11. ^ "Club Backs Manager over Tesfaye Bramble Signing". Suffolk Free Press. 26 November 2013. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Footballer brother of Sunderland's Titus Bramble jailed for rape". BBC. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Brother of footballer Titus Bramble guilty of rape". BBC. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  15. ^ Rapist footballer Tesfaye Bramble attempts to kick-start professional career

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