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Alan Brazil
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Personal information
Full name Alan Bernard Brazil
Date of birth 15 June 1959 (1959-06-15) (age 50)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Ipswich Town
Detroit Express (loan)
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United
Coventry City
Queens Park Rangers
Witham Town F.C.
South Coast Wolves Football Club
FC Baden
154 (70)
024 (10)
031 0(9)
031 0(8)
015 0(2)
00? 0(?)
012 0(4)
006 0(4)   
National team
1980–1983 Scotland 013 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Bernard Brazil (born 15 June 1959 in Simshill, Glasgow) is a former Scottish football player. He was a forward before retirement due to injury. He is now a popular radio broadcaster on Talksport.


Playing career

Ipswich Town

Brazil started his career in East Anglia with Ipswich Town in 1977. He stayed with Ipswich until 1983, appearing a total of 210 times, and scoring 80 goals. He was not in the squad that won the FA Cup in 1978, but was a key player by the time they won the UEFA Cup in 1981, the same year that finished runners-up in the league. He remained an integral part of their side when they finished runners-up in the league once more the following season.

Detroit Express

In 1978, he played for the Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League, appearing in 21 regular season games (9 goals and 7 assists) and 3 playoff games (1 goal and 1 assist)

Tottenham Hotspur

He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur in March 1983 for the season, making 31 appearances, and scoring 9 times.

Manchester United

In June 1984 he joined Manchester United for a fee of £625,000. He stayed with United for two seasons, making a total of 41 appearances in the League, the League Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. He scored 16 goals whilst with them.

Coventry City

In 1986, he transferred to Coventry for £300,000, for a season, making 15 league appearances and scoring twice.


He also made 13 appearances for the Scottish national team, the most notable of which saw him playing in the World Cup finals in Spain. He was the youngest member of the Scotland squad at the finals. Unfortunately, his international appearances were limited as Scotland had a number of top class strikers at this time such as Kenny Dalglish, Charlie Nicholas, Maurice Johnston, Steve Archibald and Paul Sturrock.

Late career

Brazil was given a free transfer to Queens Park Rangers by Coventry. He made a total of 4 appearances for them, failing to score, and went on to play for Bury Town. In Alan's late career he also played for Chelmsford City Football Club.

His career was cut short at the age of 27 due to a serious back injury that could have seen him ending up in a wheelchair if he continued playing football in the top-flight.

Media career

These days, Alan Brazil can be heard presenting talkSPORT's weekday 6-10am slot. He started off co-presenting with Station Director, Mike Parry, then Graham Beecroft but currently co-presents with Ronnie Irani. The show has since been such a hit that it has been named the 'Alan Brazil Breakfast Show'. He gets on well with everyone on the show, especially the resident financial expert Henk Potts with whom he shares a love of carousing. During the week Alan lives in West India Quays, Canary Wharf as revealed on his show 2 October 2008.

He is also a big fan of horse racing and, in 2003, formed the Alan Brazil Racing Club[1] based at Newmarket near to his home in Suffolk. Alan also bears a striking resemblance to former jumps jockey Terry Biddlecombe.

Alan’s local course is the Point-to-Point course at Higham, Suffolk. Although his programme is a sporting one, his views tend to be to the right of centre when he does express them.

Alan was famously sacked in 2004, after the Breakfast Show was broadcast at the Cheltenham Festival, from Tuesday to Thursday. Alan enjoyed himself too much and missed the Friday show. Alan was reinstated after a huge uproar from talkSPORT listeners. His several week absence was explained as due to him being lost in beer tent. As a caveat to his reinstatement, Brazil must now pay a £5000 fine for every show he misses.

Alan has several catchphrases the most common being "Why" which is often said in quick repetition. On hearing a location Alan will usually say "I've never been" or "beautiful" depending on whether or not he has visited it.

He is remembered for a monumental clanger in 2004. Talking to Gary Bushell, who was at a Bob Monkhouse Tribute Dinner, he asked 'So, er, Gary. How is Bob's health these days?'. Confused with the question Gary Bushell replied 'Well Alan, he died. That's what the tribute dinner is for' and then Brazil, clearly embarrassed replies 'Well, I, er, heard two versions'. This apparently caused hundreds of people to call in with complaints and several hundreds of people calling in to say how funny it was, due to the fact that Brazil didn't actually realise what he had said.

Victim of child abuse

In the early 1970s, Alan was subject to abuse at Celtic Boys Club, by Jim Torbett. When Torbett was charged and tried in 1996, Alan was a witness for the prosecution. Torbett was found guilty on child abuse charges and sentenced to two years in prison.[2]


In 2006 he released a book co-written with Mike Parry called "There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil"[3]

In 2007, Brazil, along with Mike Parry, released a sequel to his first book entitled "Both Barrels from Brazil - My War against the Numpties".[4]

Drink driving conviction

On 16 September 2007, Brazil was arrested near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on suspicion of drink-driving more than double the legal limit.[5] On 23 April 2008, Brazil was convicted of Drink Driving, and banned for 20 months, and given a £750 fine, as well as being ordered to pay £470 compensation to the court.[6]

Brazil controversially pleaded not guilty, even though on a DVD shown to the court from his arrest, he admitted to having drunk a bottle of wine and being over the limit. He also controversially made an attack on the police that they weren't doing their job properly, and that they should be out catching real criminals rather than picking on him. [7] The DVD was shown of him giving the breath test at the Police Station, where when told by a Police officer that if found positive, he would be locked up for a couple of hours.

Brazil replies: "Oh no. Please! Incredible."

"Paedophiles get what? Three months? Then come out and I am going to get banged up for a couple of hours. With the greatest of respect the law's an ass.

"It's all wrong. I have had a bottle of wine. If I am over I am over. I will lose my licence. I have no problem with that. I am an idiot for not staying over.” [7]

In the CCTV footage taken in the police custody suite and shown to the court, Brazil also stated:

“I’ll have to change jobs – it might do me a favour. I’m sick of it."

'I'm double the limit. I can't believe it. Mind you, I was out last night'

“It takes over your life, the media in London. The money’s not worth it.” [7] He told Police that he was fed up of his bosses in London at the Talksport station. ""I might have to change jobs. You might have done me a favour. I'm sick of them." [8]

Although claiming this on the DVD, Brazil has been allowed to keep his job at Talksport. With the Station quoting: "The drink-driving charge is something for the courts. We will be happy to have him on air in the morning as usual." [6]

After the case Brazil said he was considering an appeal.

“I think this case has shown that the law is a grey area,” he added. “It is rather like the offside law. I am disappointed with the verdict.

“I work long hours – I’m entitled to drive at 50mph,” he said. “I’m the first guy to be done for driving too slowly.” [9] Brazil felt disappointed that police had not followed proper procedure and he told reporters "There is no doubt that the way we are living the streets are not safe whether it be Suffolk, whether it be London. I think everyone agrees."

"I just think the police have got better things to do to be honest." He said he had the same views before he had been stopped for drink-driving.[10]


As a player

Ipswich Town

  • UEFA Cup winner 1981

Tottenham Hotspur

  • UEFA Cup winner 1984


'Our talking point this morning is George Best, his liver transplant and the booze culture in football. Don’t forget, the best caller wins a crate of John Smith’s.' [11]

'One moment I'm playing football and the next - whack - I wake up in hospital unconscious.' [11]

'He held his head in his hands as it flashed past the post.' [12]

'The tackles are coming in thick and thin'.[12]

'Roy Keane, his face punches the air...' [12]

Alan Brazil: "I was sad to hear yesterday about the death of Inspector Morse, TV's John Shaw." Mike Parry: "John Thaw, Alan." Alan Brazil: "Do you know, I've been doing that all morning. John, if you're listening, sorry mate." [13]

"The man is United - cut him and he bleeds red". His evaluation on Sir Alex Ferguson.[14]

"Villa have had a complete reservation of fortunes." After Martin O'Neill took over as manager of Aston Villa.[15]

Discussing Bob Monkhouse Tribute Dinner with Garry Bushell on TalkSport: "So Garry, how is old Bob these days?". Garry Bushell replies: "Alan - he's dead, that's why the Tribute dinner is being held" Desperately trying to talk his way out of a hole but just making it deeper: "Ah... I heard two versions."


  1. ^ "Newmarket horse racing club - Information, news, tips and bets from Alan". Alan Brazil Racing Club. Retrieved 2006-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Child abusers who shame British football". The Observer.,,1572708,00.html. Retrieved 2006-06-04. 
  3. ^ Compton,Berkshire: Highdown Publishing ISBN 1-905156-24-3
  4. ^ Compton,Berkshire: Highdown Publishing ISBN 19051564133
  5. ^ "Alan Brazil on drink-drive charge". The Scotsman. 
  6. ^ a b "Alan Brazil's Anger at being locked up on drink drive rap". Daily Record. 
  7. ^ a b c "Watch Alan Brazil's Breath test". Suffolk and Essex News. 
  8. ^ "former footballer alan Brazil given 20 month Driving Ban". Daily Mirror. 
  9. ^ "Alan Brazil - I Hate Talksport". Daily Star. 
  10. ^ "Radio presenter banned from driving". UK Press Association. 
  11. ^ a b "Football Quotes". Football Quotes. 
  12. ^ a b c "Football Pundits". Football Pundits. 
  13. ^ "Amusing Quotes". Amusing Quotes. 
  14. ^ "Quotes of the year". BBC Sports. 2004-12-26. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  15. ^ "Quotes of the year". The Independent. Sporting quotes of the year. 
Preceded by
Adrian Durham
TalkSport breakfast show host

2001-2004 with Mike Parry

Succeeded by
Mike Parry and Paul Breen-Turner
Preceded by
Mike Parry and Paul Breen-Turner
TalkSport breakfast show host

April 2004-June 2004 with Mike Parry

June 2004-September 2007 with Graham Beecroft

September 2007 with Ronnie Irani

(2007- with Mike Parry on Mondays)

Succeeded by

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