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Leigh Bromby
Personal information
Full name Leigh David Bromby
Date of birth 2 June 1980 (1980-06-02) (age 29)
Place of birth Dewsbury, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Leeds United
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 100 (2)
1999–2000 Mansfield Town (loan) 10 (1)
2003 Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2008 Sheffield United 109 (6)
2008–2009 Watford 40 (1)
2009 Sheffield United (loan) 12 (1)
2009 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2009– Leeds United 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:07, 10 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Leigh David Bromby (born June 2, 1980) is an English footballer who plays for Leeds United in Football League One. He can play as a central defender or right back. He's one of very few players to have played over 100 games for each of the steel city rivals Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. He is also well known for his trademark long throw.

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Career

Sheffield Wednesday

Born in Dewsbury, Bromby started his footballing career at Liversedge before being spotted by Sheffield Wednesday. He then progressed through the Sheffield Wednesday youth academy, and in September 1999 joined Mansfield Town on loan for three months. He made his Football League debut on 12 December 1999 in a 0–0 draw at Barnet. He scored his first career goal in a 3–1 home win over Southend United in January 2000.

Bromby made his Wednesday debut the following season; on 23 December 2000 as substitute in a 1–0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He went on to make 20 appearances that season.

He spent part of the 2002–03 season on loan at Norwich City[1] before returning to Wednesday. After making 112 appearances for the club he moved to local rivals Sheffield United in a free transfer on 24 May 2004.[2]

Sheffield United

Bromby made his début for Sheffield United against Burnley at Turf Moor on 7 August 2004 in a 1-1 draw. He played in all 46 league matches that season and scored his fist senior goal for the club in the same game a diving header at the far post.

On 15 August 2006, he signed a new three year contract with United, with an option for a further year.[3]

Bromby spent much of the 2007–08 season on the sidelines, making only 15 appearances. His longest spell in the side was in January 2008, when he played 6 games in which United lost only once.

Watford

On 31 January 2008 he moved to Watford signing a three and a half year contract, for a fee of £600,000 rising to £850,000 based on appearances.[4] His final appearance for United had been in a league fixture against his new club, two days previously. His former manager, Bryan Robson, admitted that he did not want to sell Bromby, but he had wanted regular football and Watford's offer had been reasonable.[5] On 2 February 2008, Bromby made his debut for Watford at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Within the first minute his long throw set up Steve Kabba to score in an eventual 3–0 victory.[6] After only a year at Vicarage Road Bromby returned to Sheffield United on a six month loan with a view to a permanent deal.[7] He scored once in the league for Watford, in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on 11 April 2008.[8]

Sheffield United

Ironically, having returned to Bramall Lane, just as his first spell at the club ended with an appearance against Watford, his first game back with the Blades also saw him appear as a second half substitute against The Hornets despite them still being his current employers.[7] Bromby played the remainder of the season as defensive cover, completing thirteen appearances and one goal during his loan period. Following the end of the season he signed a new two year deal with United, returning to his former club on a free transfer.[9]

Leeds United

Only a few weeks after re-signing for Sheffield United, and after failing to make a league appearance under manager Kevin Blackwell, Bromby moved to Leeds United for an undisclosed fee at the end of the August transfer window. Bromby was brought up as a Leeds United fan as a child, so the move helped fulfill a dream of playing for his boyhood heroes. He made his Leeds debut in the 2-0 league victory over Stockport County.[10] Bromby gave away a penalty in his second start for Leeds, luckily Leeds goalkeeper Shane Higgs saved Southend striker Lee Barnard's penalty. Since joining Leeds Bromby has played in the centre back and right back roles.

His long throws have gave Leeds a new attacking option since Bromby joined the club, Leeds fans have nicknamed the throw as The Brombomb. Bromby has been a regular for Leeds at right back displacing Jason Crowe, with Richard Naylor and Patrick Kisnorbo being the preferred centre backs for Leeds.

Bromby scored his first goal for his boyhood team Leeds in the match against Stockport County with a superb goal in the 90th minute to put Leeds 3-2 ahead.[11] Bromby received his 5th booking of the season in the same game against Stockport County and misses the next game against Manchester United. With Bromby being a Leeds fan, the suspension is an especially tough suspension to take. Leeds ended up pulling off a famous victory against Manchester United with Bromby's replacement Jason Crowe putting in a fantastic performance. Crowe's performance earned him a start ahead of Bromby in the following game against Wycombe Wanderers with Bromby having to settle for a place on the bench. With captain Richard Naylor out injured against Tottenham Hotspur Bromby played at the heart of Leeds' defence and helped Leeds earn a 2-2 draw and a replay against their Premiership opposition. After playing centre back in Leeds' heavy defeat against Swindon Town Bromby reverted back to the right back position against Colchester United. AFter being dropped to the bench against Carlisle United, Bromby returned to the starting lineup against Leyton Orient. After losing his place in the side Bromby returned to Leeds' starting lineup against Brentford, replacing the injured Richard Naylor in the side.

Honours

Sheffield United

Career Statistics

England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1999–00 Sheffield Wednesday Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Mansfield Town (loan) Division Three 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 1
2000–01 Sheffield Wednesday Division One 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2001–02 Division One 26 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
2002–03 Division One 27 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2002–03 Norwich City (loan) Division One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2003–04 Sheffield Wednesday Division Two 29 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 37 1
Club Total 100 2 7 0 8 0 5 0 0 0 120 2
2004–05 Sheffield United Championship 46 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 54 5
2005–06 Championship 35 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
2006–07 Premier League 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2007–08 Championship 11 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Club Total 109 6 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 125 6
2007–08 Watford Championship 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 1
2008–09 Championship 22 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
Club Total 38 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 46 0
2008–09 Sheffield United Championship 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2009–10 Sheffield United Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Club Total 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
2009–10 Leeds United League One 19 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
Club Total 19 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
Total 293 12 20 0 22 0 7 0 3 0 245 12

References

  1. ^ "Canaries snap up Bromby". BBC Sport. 2003-02-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/norwich/2793859.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Warnock's quadruple swoop". BBC Sport. 2004-06-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/3832929.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Bromby agrees new Blades contract". BBC Sport. 2006-08-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/4795165.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Bromby completes Watford transfer". BBC Sport. 2008-01-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/watford/7219233.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Bromby deal 'good business' for Blades – Robson". Yorkshire Post. 2008-02-01. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/football/Bromby-deal-39good-business39-for.3735444.jp. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Watford 3-0 Wolves". watfordfc.com. 2008-02-03. http://www.watfordfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10400~39075,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Bromby back at Bramall Lane". sufc.com. 2009-01-12. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1517709,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  8. ^ "West Brom 1-1 Watford". BBC. 11 April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7332094.stm. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Blackwell completes triple deal". sufc.com. 2009-07-24. http://www.sufc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1732306,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Defender Bromby signs for Leeds". bbc.co.uk. 2009-09-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leeds_united/8225303.stm. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  11. ^ "Stockport 2 - 4 Leeds United". BBC. 28 December 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/8419114.stm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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