Saturday, 8 January 2011
252 Ian Bryson
Position : Midfield
Played : 1997-98 to 1998-99
Appearances : 54
Goals : 1
Ian was another veteran , a 34-year old signed on a free from Preston. Ian's career began in Sotland with Hurlford United before signing for his hometown club Kilmarnock for whom he made 216 appearances scoring 41 goals. In 1988 he signed for Dave Bassett's Sheffield United for £40,000 , a great move as he featured in successive promotions and played for three seasons in the top flight. After 155 appearances and 36 goals he moved to Barnsley for £20,000 in the summer of 1993 but only stayed there till November when Preston bought him for £42,500. He was made captain of the side and scored a spectacular overhead kick in their playoff Final against Wycombe in 1994. The following season he played alongside a loanee called David Beckham for a few games. The year after that he led them to the Third Division title. He appeared in nearly every game in the Second but mainly as a substitute.
Ian began his first season with us injured and didn't appear until early October at home to Scunthorpe. In his first couple of games he was tremendous, the complete midfield man who could win tackles, weight a pass and get forward. He was the main man behind the 5-0 thrashing of Darlington. However he soon ran out of steam and Barrow compounded the problem by persistently playing him on the wing in preference to Mark Stuart. Ian had played there before in his career but just didn't have the legs for it anymore. After a two-month run in the side he was injured in the 6-1 FL Trophy defeat at Carlisle and didn't return until the end of March. He got injured in the warm-up away at Torquay early in April and missed the rest of the season. As he was signed on a two year deal Ian started the next season in the side and for a month or two he was again very good but age soon caught up with him. He scored a good goal to seal the win against Scarborough in the FA Cup when he managed to find the net from distance after their keeper had come up for a late corner. He had another six week injury break at the end of January then just went through the motions as the Barrow era wound to a close.
Ian played on for a while with Bamber Bridge and still plays in the Preston Veterans' League. He is now a match summariser for PA Sports.