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Alex Bruce
Personal information
Full name Alexander Stephen Bruce
Date of birth 28 September 1984 (1984-09-28) (age 25)
Place of birth Norwich, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Midfielder
Club information
Current club Leicester City
(on loan from Ipswich Town)
Number 33
Youth career
000?–2001 Manchester United
2001–2002 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2004–2005 Oldham Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Birmingham City 6 (0)
2005 Oldham Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 11 (0)
2006– Ipswich Town 115 (2)
2010– Leicester City (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2006 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2006 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2007– Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:52, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:35,03 September 2009 (UTC)

Alexander Stephen "Alex" Bruce (born 28 September 1984) is a footballer who plays for Leicester City, on loan from Ipswich Town. A central defender who occasionally plays in midfield, he is the son of Sunderland manager and former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce. Born in England, Bruce has played for the Republic of Ireland at international level.

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Club career

Bruce was born in Norwich. He joined the Manchester United Academy, but was released at age 16[1] and moved to Blackburn Rovers as a trainee. He signed his first professional contract there in 2002, and was part of their under-19 team which won the FA Premier Academy League in 2002–03.[2] He made his first team debut on 26 December 2004 against Hartlepool United, while on three months' loan to League One club Oldham Athletic, and was part of the Oldham team that beat Manchester City in the FA Cup on 8 January 2005. He signed on a free transfer for Birmingham City, where his father was manager, on 27 January 2005,[3] shortly after Robbie Savage's controversial move in the opposite direction.[4]

After finishing his loan spell at Oldham and returning to his parent club, he joined Sheffield Wednesday again on loan until the season's end, and was instrumental in their rise to the play-off places. Having impressed Tranmere Rovers boss Brian Little during Rovers' trip to Oldham, Little swooped for a loan deal which encompassed the first half of the 2005–06 season, but the loan was terminated early by mutual consent.[5][6]

Bruce made a few appearances for Birmingham following his return, but could not stop the club being relegated to the Championship. It was felt that accusations of nepotism were hindering his progress, so it was decided that in the best interests of club, manager and player Bruce should pursue his career away from his father's management.[7][8]

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Ipswich Town

In the summer of 2006 he moved to Ipswich Town on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract.[9]

After a very successful start to his Ipswich footballing career he managed to collect over 10 bookings this meant a suspension of 2 games for the player. Bruce became very popular to the Town fans thank to his whole hearted display and never giving up attitude. He has been very versatile and has also been used as a defender successfully. It was due to these credentials that in early summer 2007 he was called up as an international player by the Republic of Ireland. His form continued and this led to scouts from Italian club ACF Fiorentina looking at the player in November 2008.[10]

Alex Bruce scored his first goal for Ipswich, away to his former club Birmingham City, on 24 October. He ended speculation he would leave the club by signing a new two-year contract on 11 May, with the option of a further twelve months. He scored again in a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 18 August 2009. On 27 August 2009, Bruce would take over as captain following Gareth McAuley's poor form.

On 1 February 2010, Bruce joined Leicester City on loan for the rest of the 2009-10 season,[11] who jumped at the opportunity "for a change and a new challenge."[12] He made his debut as a substitute during injury time in a 2-1 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on 7 February, playing for only less than a minute.[13]

International career

Qualifying through his Irish grandmother, Bruce was eligible for international football for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as England, where he was born. He was called up by Northern Ireland U21s, but opted to play for the Republic of Ireland U21 instead,[14] and made his debut for the team against Sweden in February 2006.[15] He also represented Republic of Ireland B against Scotland B in November 2006.[16]

On 23 May 2007 he made his full international debut in a friendly match against Ecuador played at Giants Stadium, New Jersey.[17]

He captained the Ireland team which played Nottingham Forest in a challenge match at Dalymount Park on 9 October 2008.[18]

References

  1. ^ Tattum, Colin (27 January 2005). "Bruce signs son". Birmingham Mail. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birmingham/news/tm_objectid=15123360&method=full&siteid=50002&headline=bruce-signs-son-name_page.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Academy boys top of class". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 14 May 2003. http://archive.thisislancashire.co.uk/2003/5/14/552018.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bruce signs son from Blackburn". BBC Sport. 27 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/4212667.stm. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Savage seals switch to Blackburn". BBC Sport. 19 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/4174217.stm. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Jnr set to return to Blues". Birmingham Mail. 27 October 2005. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/sport/tm_method=full%26objectid=16300436%26siteid=50002-name_page.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Lorraine (chairman, Tranmere Rovers F.C.) (10 November 2005). "Handle with care.. the fragile ego of the loan star". Liverpool Daily Post. http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0550tranmereroversfc/0080news/tm_objectid=16353326&method=full&siteid=50061&headline=handle-with-care---the-fragile-ego-of-the-loan-star-name_page.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  7. ^ Clarkson, Ian (3 August 2006). "Bruce Jnr heads for fresh fields". Birmingham Post. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birminghampost/sport/tm_method=full%26objectid=17511083%26siteid=50002-name_page.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Defender Bruce heads to Ipswich". BBC Sport. 3 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/i/ipswich_town/5241558.stm. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Alex Bruce". Ipswich Town F.C.. http://www.itfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10272~30895,00.html. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  10. ^ Football Spy (12 November 2008). "Ipswich defender Alex Bruce could be on his way to Italian side Fiorentina". Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/11/12/ipswich-defender-alex-bruce-could-be-on-his-way-to-italian-side-fiorentina-115875-20888591/. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Bruce joins on loan". lcfc.co.uk. Leicester City FC. 1 February 2010. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1951898,00.html. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bruce Looks To 'Fantastic' Opportunity". LCFC.com. 2010-02-04. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1955209,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Blackpool 1-2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 06 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/8495816.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  14. ^ "Bruce wants to play for Ireland". RTÉ. 30 January 2006. http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0130/bruce.html. Retrieved 23 August 2006. 
  15. ^ "Under 21 - 2006/2007 Squad Profile". Football Association of Ireland. http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=921. Retrieved August 23 2006. 
  16. ^ "McPhail and Stokes impress as Ireland fail to take their chances". Football Association of Ireland. 14 November 2006. http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1436&Itemid=9. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  17. ^ "Seven players win their first senior caps for Ireland against Ecuador". Football Association of Ireland. 23 May 2007. http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2068. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  18. ^ "Alex Bruce to captain Republic of Ireland team in challenge match against Nottingham Forest". Football Association of Ireland. 8 October 2008. http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3675. Retrieved 8 October 2008. 

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