Titus Bramble

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Titus Bramble
Titus Bramble 2011.jpg
Bramble playing for Sunderland in 2011
Personal information
Full name Titus Malachi Bramble[1]
Date of birth (1981-07-31) 31 July 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Stowmarket Town (player-coach)
Youth career
1996–1998 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Ipswich Town 48 (1)
1999–2000 Colchester United (loan) 2 (0)
2002–2007 Newcastle United 105 (3)
2007–2010 Wigan Athletic 96 (5)
2010–2013 Sunderland 47 (1)
2017– Stowmarket Town 0 (0)
National team
2000–2002 England U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:20, 11 August 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:00, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Titus Malachi Bramble (born 31 July 1981) is an English footballer who plays for Stowmarket Town, where he is also employed as a coach.[3] He plays as a centre-back. Bramble is also Under-11 coach at Ipswich Town.

Bramble played in the Premier League over thirteen consecutive seasons between 2000 and 2013, representing Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland. After being released by Sunderland in 2013, he spent several years in a coaching capacity at Ipswich, with whom he began his career in 1998.

At international level, he made 10 appearances for the England under-21s between 2000 and 2002.

Playing career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Born in Ipswich, Suffolk, Bramble started his career at home town club Ipswich Town. After making his debut in the 1998-99 season, Bramble went on to make 48 league appearances for the club, also spending a brief period on loan at Colchester United over the 1999–2000 season. He scored four goals for Ipswich, with strikes against Sunderland in the league,[4] Millwall[5] and Coventry[6] in the League Cup and Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA Cup.[7]

Newcastle United[edit]

Bramble joined Newcastle in July 2002 for £6 million, vowing at the time to make himself indispensable to then manager Sir Bobby Robson.[8]

At the end of the 2003–04 season, readers of the football e-mail newsletter The Fiver voted Bramble as the worst player of the year in the Premier League.[9] Bramble scored a volleyed goal against league champions Chelsea on 8 May 2006 in a 1–0 victory that secured qualification for the Intertoto Cup.[10]

On 10 August 2006, Bramble scored another vital goal for Newcastle in the UEFA Cup second qualifying round with a header against Latvian side FK Ventspils.[11]

In December, Bramble was admitted into hospital after his injured calf swelled to double its normal size.[12] On 31 January 2007, Bramble returned to action against Aston Villa in the centre of defence alongside Steven Taylor.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Bramble signed for Wigan Athletic on a free transfer, agreeing to a three-year-deal on 4 June 2007.[13] On 2 January 2008, he scored a goal at Anfield in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool – a 20-yard strike handing Wigan a late equaliser.[14]

Bramble scored an equaliser against Newcastle United at St. James' Park, the match finishing in a 2–2 draw on 15 November 2008. He has expressed his gratitude to Wigan manager Steve Bruce for having faith in him when no one else did and for making him the player he is today. His performances throughout the 2008–09 season picked him up four awards at the club's awards night, including 'Player of the Year' and 'Player's Player of the Year' for Wigan.[15] On 14 July 2009, he was extended his contract with Wigan until 2012.[16]

Sunderland[edit]

On 23 July 2010, Bramble joined Sunderland for £1 million. He signed a three-year contract at the Stadium of Light, signed by his former manager at Wigan, Steve Bruce.[17] He scored his first and only Sunderland goal in a 4–0 win against Stoke City on 18 September 2011.[18] Bramble was one of seven players released by Sunderland at the end of the 2012–2013 Premier League season.[19] He played 51 games in all competitions for Sunderland.[20]

After being released by Sunderland he trained with West Ham United playing in their 6–2 pre-season defeat of Cork City.[21] He returned to Ipswich in the pre-season to train, making his playing return in a game against Barnet but was not offered a contract.[22]

Stowmarket Town[edit]

In August 2017, having been without a club for four years, Bramble joined Stowmarket Town, of the Eastern Counties Football League, as a player-coach.[23]

Coaching career[edit]

Bramble is Under-11 coach at Ipswich Town. In November 2014, he spoke out against a possible English application of the "Rooney Rule" to ensure that compulsory ethnic minority candidates are interviewed for managerial positions, calling it a "disgrace".[24]

Personal life[edit]

One of his brothers, Tesfaye Bramble, is also a footballer and has represented Montserrat at international level.[25] The two brothers were arrested on suspicion of rape in September 2010[26] with Tesfaye being convicted of the offence,[27] and Titus later being released without charge. On 28 September 2011, Bramble was temporarily suspended by Sunderland,[28] after having been arrested on allegations of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug.[29] He was cleared of these charges on 31 May 2012.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2013[20]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 1998–99 First Division 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1999–2000 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Premier League 26 1 2 0 5 2 0 0 33 3
2001–02 Premier League 18 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 24 1
Total 48 1 5 0 5 2 4 1 62 4
Colchester United 1999–2000 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Newcastle United 2002–03 Premier League 16 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 24 0
2003–04 Premier League 29 0 1 0 0 0 11 3 41 3
2004–05 Premier League 19 1 4 0 2 0 7 0 32 1
2005–06 Premier League 24 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 28 2
2006–07 Premier League 17 0 0 0 1 0 13 1 31 1
Total 105 3 8 0 4 0 39 4 156 7
Wigan Athletic 2007–08 Premier League 26 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
2008–09 Premier League 35 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 39 1
2009–10 Premier League 35 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 38 2
Total 96 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 104 4
Sunderland 2010–11 Premier League 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
2011–12 Premier League 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2012–13 Premier League 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Total 47 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 51 1
Career Total 298 10 20 0 14 2 43 5 375 17
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). Premier League. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40898339
  4. ^ "Ipswich see off Sunderland". BBC Sport. 26 August 2000. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ipswich 5–0 Millwall (Agg: 5–2)". BBC Sport. 26 September 2000. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ipswich see off Sky Blues again". BBC Sport. 28 November 2000. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bramble maintains Ipswich record". BBC Sport. 20 September 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Newcastle United | Bramble bids for starring role". BBC News. 4 July 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Smyth, Rob (21 May 2004). "Underdogs, and Prized horses | News | Guardian Unlimited Football". London: Football.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Newcastle 1–0 Chelsea". BBC News. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "FK Ventspils 0–1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Bramble in hospital after scare". BBC News. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Wigan sign Bramble and Sibierski". BBC News. 4 June 2007. 
  14. ^ Fletcher, Paul (2 January 2008). "BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Liverpool 1–1 Wigan". BBC News. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Bramble wins four awards". www.wigantoday.net. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Titus Bramble and Emmerson Boyce extend Wigan contracts to 2012". London: www.guardian.co.uk. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Stewart, Rob (21 July 2010). "Titus Bramble to be reunited with Steve Bruce at Sunderland". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  18. ^ "Sunderland 4–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Summer transfer window: Ins and Outs". Premier League. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Titus Bramble – Soccerbase". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Bretland, Elliott (8 July 2013). "Bramble starts as Hammers kick off pre-season in style with win over Cork". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Ipswich Town sign Christophe Berra on a two-year deal, ending their interest in Titus Bramble". Ipswich Star. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40898339
  24. ^ "Kieron Dyer & Titus Bramble do not want 'Rooney Rule'". BBC Sport. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  25. ^ http://archive.gazette-news.co.uk/2004/11/9/123428.html
  26. ^ "Sunderland's Titus Bramble arrested over rape claim". BBC News. 22 September 2010. 
  27. ^ "Brother of footballer Titus Bramble guilty of rape". BBC. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  28. ^ Sunderland defender Titus Bramble suspended following arrest
  29. ^ "Premier League – Sunderland's Bramble arrested". Yahoo Sport. 
  30. ^ Hartley-Parkinson, Richard; Allen, Emily (31 May 2012). "Titus Bramble cleared of sexually assaulting women". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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