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Chris Brass
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Paul Brass
Date of birth 24 July 1975 (1975-07-24) (age 34)
Place of birth    Easington, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Bury (assistant manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Torquay United (loan)
Halifax Town (loan)
York City
Harrogate Town (loan)
Southport (loan)
Hyde United
134 (1)
007 (0)
006 (0)
152 (6)
009 (0)
005 (0)
029 (0)
023 (1)[1][2]   
Teams managed
York City
Bury (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:02, 20 January 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Christopher Paul "Chris" Brass (born 24 July 1975) is an English former footballer and manager. He is currently assistant manager at Bury.



Brass hugs Viv Busby after a win for York City

Brass began his career as a schoolboy at Ipswich Town, starring for the County Durham youth side. However, he was released at the age of 15, when new manager John Lyall took over at Portman Road. He went on trials at a number of clubs (including Sheffield United and Middlesbrough), before becoming an apprentice at Burnley in 1991, turning professional on 8 July 1993.

In 1994, Brass captained the Burnley A team as it won the Lancashire League. In need of first-team experience, he joined Torquay United on loan in October 1994, playing seven league games in a two month loan spell.

Brass returned to Burnley, making his debut for them as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Portsmouth, in January 1995. The following season he again struggled to claim a regular place, but in the 1996–97 season established himself in the centre of the Burnley defence, and remained there for the next 3 seasons, though occasionally played out of position by manager Chris Waddle.

By March 1998, such was the turmoil that the Clarets found themselves in, Brass was their longest serving player, and still only 22 years old. In that summer, Stan Ternent replaced Waddle, and made Brass captain, but the latter struggled to keep his form and found himself in the reserves. In the summer of 1999, Burnley signed Mitchell Thomas, resulting in Brass playing only occasionally for the first-team. He went on loan to Halifax Town in September 2000, with the first of his six league games being a win against Torquay. After the month's loan was up, Halifax could not afford to sign him and he returned to the Burnley reserves, before joining York City on a free transfer in March 2001.[citation needed][3] He had played 134 league games for Burnley, scoring once.

Brass was immediately installed as captain at York and, in May 2003, aged only 27, was appointed as York's player-manager. Although his first season in charge began well, York failed to win any of their final 20 league games and were relegated to the Football Conference. Results weren't much better in the Conference and Brass was sacked as manager in November 2004.

He remained at York as a player and, after suffering a serious ligament injury, joined Harrogate Town on loan in September 2005 in an attempt to regain match-fitness. He joined Southport on a month's loan in November 2005,[4] which was extended for another month in January 2006.[5] He returned to York in January and, the following day, was released from his contract.[6][citation needed] He later joined Bury as a player, on a deal until the end of 2005–06.[7] He scored a notable own goal, when attempting an overhead clearance in the game against Darlington , kicking the ball into his nose and subsequently the net.[8] Brass nearly received a broken nose to add to the humiliation.[9] This incident was voted the number 1 incident in magazine FourFourTwo's "It shouldn't happen to a footballer". He signed a new one-year deal with Bury in June 2006,[10] being released at the end of the 2006-07 season, but was asked to return to pre-season training to prove his fitness before a decision could be made on his future.[11]

He was appointed as Bury's Centre of Excellence manager on 6 July 2007,[12] before going on to sign for Hyde United in July 2007 after a successful trial,[13] combining the two roles. He became Bury's caretaker manager on 15 January 2008, following the sacking of Chris Casper.[14] He was appointed as assistant manager to Alan Knill on 22 January 2009.[15]

Personal life

He was married in his hometown Burnley in June 2000.[16] He is currently studying for a degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Salford.[citation needed]

Managerial statistics

As of 6 March 2008.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
York City England 4 June 2003 8 November 2004 67 14 35 18 20.89
Bury (caretaker) England 15 January 2008 5 February 2008 4 0 3 1 00.00


  1. ^ "Chris Brass". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Player details: Season 2005-2006". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Brass off to York". BBC Sport. 2001-03-15. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Watson delighted at Brass capture". BBC Sport. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Brass extends Southport loan stay". BBC Sport. 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Turnbull brought in by Southport". BBC Sport. 2006-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Shakers get some Brass". Bury F.C.. 2006-01-17.,,10422~769696,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  8. ^ "Own goal". YouTube. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Brassed off". BBC. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Woody & Brass sign". Bury F.C.. 2006-06-08.,,10422~837549,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  11. ^ "The retained list". Bury F.C..,,10422~1023039,00.html?ptvParm=. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  12. ^ "New role for Chris". Bury F.C.. 2007-07-06.,,10422~1068717,00.html. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  13. ^ "Shaker Brass becomes a tiger". Non-League Daily. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Bury name Brass as caretaker boss". BBC Sport. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Knill names his right hand man". Bury F.C.. 2008-01-22.,,10422~1528522,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  16. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 

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