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Ged Brannan - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.

Photo/Foto: Dave Pinegar

Date: 22 August 1997

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      Saturday, 15 January 1972
      Prescot, England.
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th March 1997 in a 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      38 League apps (+5 as sub), 4 goals
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Ged BRANNAN - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.


Originally hailing from Prescot, Merseyside, 25 year-old Ged Brannan was signed by manager Frank Clark from Tranmere Rovers in March 1997 for a fee of £750,000. He had started life as a full-back at Prenton Park before moving into midfield, and it was primarily for his ball-winning and passing abilities in the middle of the park that Clark was persuaded to bring him to Maine Road.

He made his debut for City in a 1-1 away draw at Grimsby Town on March 15th, the club's hopes of a late push for a play-off place rapidly fading as they sat below half-way in the First Division table. His first goal for the Blues, however, was not long in coming as he scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic three games later, but any promotion hopes had by now diminished and the season ended with City's fourteenth-place finish the lowest in the club's history, Brannan having made 11 appearances.



The 1997/98 campaign began with a great deal of optimism as a number of new signings had been made, but three weeks into the season the team had only picked up two points from four games in draws with Portsmouth (2-2) and Ged's former club Tranmere Rovers (1-1) (the photo above is during the game). They had also been beaten on penalties in the first-round of the League Cup by Blackpool after drawing 1-1 on aggregate. The first win finally came at the beginning of September as Brannan's two goals secured a 3-1 away victory at early-season pacesetters Nottingham Forest, but only one more win came from the next seven games (a 6-0 home thrashing of Swindon Town) as the club plunged into the bottom three. Brannan was once more on the mark in a 3-1 defeat at local rivals Stockport County in November, but things were going from bad to worse as wins were increasingly hard to come by and within a couple of months the club was staring relegation in the face. A 2-0 victory over Bradford City in the FA Cup third-round was a brief respite but after a sequence of seven games without a win, including a 2-1 defeat at West Ham in the next round, manager Clark was sacked in mid-February and replaced by ex-Oldham and Everton boss Joe Royle. This would prove to be the beginning of the end for Brannan as he fell out of favour with Royle, starting only two more games until the end of a season that saw the Blues relegated to Division Two on the last day, despite a 5-2 win at Stoke City.



Before the start of the 1998/99 season Ged was sent out on loan to Norwich City, where he made 11 appearances and scored 1 goal. He was recalled in October as City had accepted a bid of £378,000 from Scottish club Motherwell, immediately parting company with the Blues and heading north of the border to link up with ex-Tranmere Rovers teammate Pat Nevin, who had become the club's chief executive while still playing in the first-team. Ged had made 46 appearances (including 5 as substitute) in his time at Maine Road, scoring 4 goals, and he was perhaps unfortunate to be signed at a time when the club was at it's lowest ebb


Curiously enough in his time at Motherwell he was selected to play for the Cayman Islands national team due to a loophole in the regulations, but his international ambitions were thwarted as FIFA put a block on it. He returned to England in 2001 when he signed for Wigan Athletic and later had spells on loan at Dunfermline and Rochdale before eventually drifting into non-league football, where he announced his retirement in 2007 after helping Morecambe into the Football League. He came out of retirement shortly afterwards to play non-league football once more before moving into coaching. (David Redshaw)


1990–1997    Tranmere Rovers    238    (20)
1997–1998    Manchester City    42    (4)
1998               Norwich City (loan)    11    (1)
1998–2001    Motherwell    81    (16)
2001–2003    Wigan Athletic    52    (0)
2003               Dunfermline Athletic (loan)    8    (0)
2003               Rochdale (loan)    11    (1)
2003–2005    Accrington Stanley    49    (7)
2005               Radcliffe Borough    11    (0)
2005–2007     Morecambe    55    (1)
2007–2008     Vauxhall Motors    11    (1)
2013-2015     Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs    ?    (?)

Total        569    (51 goals)