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Alan Brazil Ended Playing Career in the Essex Senior League

 

There was quite a stir in the 1989/90 season when former Scottish International and Ipswich Town favourite signed for Stambridge United in a tremendous coup. Brazil had also turned out for Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Coventry City, before finishing off his professional career at QPR.

 

His debut came on Saturday 23rd September 1989 in a league match v Stansted and his presence and expertise on the field was soon felt when, having gone in at half time 0-1 down, he came out, showed outstanding form, that I was privileged to witness and scored twice in a 3-2 victory. Dave Goulding completed the scoring.

 

On the next Saturday he scored again in a 1-0 Essex Senior Trophy win over Walthamstow Pennant. He scored twice in a 7-2 away success against East Ham United on October 21st followed by two of his goals helping Stambridge to a 7-1 away victory at Maldon Town on November 4th.

 

Alan Brazil’s short tenure at Stambridge certainly boosted their record with ten games without defeat up until a 0-2 reverse by Ford United on January 6th 1990.  He was not about when Stambridge had their floodlight inaugural on Tuesday 13th March against Southend Manor with a record attendance of 200 witnessing a 4-1 Southend Manor victory. Stambridge are now a Sunday League team  and another club, Corinthians of the Essex Olympian League now play at their ground. As for Alan Brazil he went on to launch a media career presenting TalkSport’s Breakfast Show.

 

By Robert Errington

 

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