Alan Brazil Profile

Alan Brazil

Alan Bern­ard Brazil, born Glas­gow, Scot­land, June 15, 1959. Born and grow­ing up in Glas­gow, Alan Brazil ini­ti­ated his fas­cin­at­ing soc­cer ca­reer wi­th Ips­wich To­wn at the start of the 1977-78 sea­son. The Ar­thur Scar­gill look-alike la­ter pro­ceeded to serve a string of em­ploy­ers, in­clud­ing Man­chester Uni­ted, Cov­entry City, Witham To­wn, and Wollon­gong City.

A strong and power­ful centre-for­ward wi­th a sharp eye for goal, Alan Brazil was han­ded his fir­st Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ance for Ips­wich To­wn by Bob­by Rob­son when the col­our­ful char­ac­ter entered the field as a sec­ond-ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Paul Mar­iner in a 2-1 Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­feat ag­ainst Dave Sexton´s Man­chester Uni­ted at Port­man Road on the 14th of Jan­uary 1978 and ma­naged to pro­duce 80 goals dur­ing 210 fir­st class mat­ches for The Tract­or Boys be­fore he joi­ned Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for a trans­fer fee of £470,000 in Mar­ch 1983. Whi­le at White Hart Lane, the front­man struggled to re­cap­ture his old form and he left The Li­ly­whites the fol­low­ing year when he re­ceived a new lease of life by Ron Atkin­son who bro­ught him to Man­chester Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of ar­ound £700,000. The af­fable at­tack­er was giv­en his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for Uni­ted by Big Ron in a 1-1 draw to Elton John´s Wat­ford at Old Traf­ford on the 25th of Au­gust 1984 and re­gistered his fir­st goal for his new si­de in a 2-2 UEFA Cup Fir­st Ro­und Sec­ond Leg draw wi­th Hun­gari­an club Ra­ba Va­s­as ETO at the ETO Sta­dium in Gy­or on the 3rd of Oct­ober. He fol­lowed up by bag­ging a brace in a 3-0 Lea­gue Cup Sec­ond Ro­und Sec­ond Leg vic­tory ag­ainst Third Di­vi­sion Burn­ley at Turf Moor on the 9th of the same month and sco­red his fir­st Di­vi­sion One goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 5-1 slaughter­ing of West Ham Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford four days la­ter. In a one-sided mat­ch, Gor­don Mc­Queen grabbed the open­er for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a strike from in­side pen­alty area in the 26th min­ute be­fore Brazil made it 2-0 to the ho­me out­fit af­ter a su­perb in­di­vidu­al dis­play three min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. Then, fol­low­ing the in­ter­val, Gor­don Stra­chan, Remi Moses, and Ma­rk Hug­hes ad­ded a goal each in the 50th, 63rd, and 76th min­utes re­spect­ively, whi­le Paul God­dard hit a con­sol­a­tion for The Ham­mers wi­th five min­utes left of nor­mal time.

Af­ter scor­ing a con­sol­a­tion in a 2-1 Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und de­feat at ho­me to Ever­ton on the 30th of Oct­ober, Brazil notched a goal in a 3-2 Fir­st Di­vi­sion away vic­tory over Lei­cester City at Fil­bert Street on the 2nd of Nov­ember and then net­ted the open­er in a 3-0 top-flight maul­ing of Queens Park Ran­gers on ho­me turf on the 15th of Dec­ember. Un­for­tu­nately, his scor­ing dried up in the sec­ond ha­lf of the 1984-85 cam­paign and he on­ly hit two more goals for the rest of the sea­son, bo­th of them com­ing in a 3-0 Di­vi­sion One tri­umph over Queens Park Ran­gers at Shepherd´s Bush on the 11th of May. In total, he de­livered nine goals in 26 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing his in­aug­ur­al year at Old Traf­ford, but he would find it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to dis­place play­ers like Hug­hes, Frank Stapleton, and Nor­man White­side for a start­ing po­s­i­tion. When it be­came quite clear to every­one, in­clud­ing him­self, that he was not part of Atkinson´s long-term plans for Uni­ted, he was trans­ferred to Cov­entry City for a fee of £300,000 mid­way thro­ugh the 1985-86 term af­ter hav­ing con­trib­uted 12 goals in 41 fir­st te­am out­ings for The Reds dur­ing his two sea­sons at the club. Fail­ing to settle down at High­field Road, Brazil was giv­en a free trans­fer by The Sky Blues and sub­sequently mo­ved on to Jim Smith´s Queens Park Ran­gers at the be­gin­ning of the 1986-87 cam­paign. The Glaswe­gi­an la­ter pro­vided ster­ling ser­vice to sev­er­al clubs be­fore he an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball be­cause of a ser­i­ous back in­jury. A Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al, the leth­al fin­ish­er ac­cu­mu­lated a total of 13 full caps for his na­tion af­ter be­ing han­ded his seni­or de­but by Jock Stein as a sec­ond-ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Man­chester United´s Joe Jor­dan in a 1-0 friendly loss to Po­land at Warta Sta­dium in Pozn­an on the 28th of May 1980 and he was also a mem­ber of the squad which qual­i­fied for the 1982 Wor­ld Cup in Spain. Alan Brazil Play­ing Ca­reer: Ips­wich To­wn, De­troit Ex­press, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Man­chester Uni­ted, Cov­entry City, Queens Park Ran­gers, Witham To­wn, Wollon­gong City, Chelms­ford City, FC Baden, Stam­bridge Uni­ted. Play­ing Hon­ours: UEFA Cup 1981, 1984.


Alan Brazil Quickfacts

Af­ter fi­nally hanging up his shorts in 1990, Alan Brazil em­barked on a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a ra­dio com­ment­at­or. The Scot also wor­ked as a co-com­ment­at­or on mat­ches covered by Anglia TV.


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