Friday, 22 April 2011
351 Neil Brisco
Position : Midfield
Played : 2004-05 to 2005-06
Appearances : 27
Goals : 0
Neil was signed on a Bosman from Port Vale in the summer , Parkin announcing that he was "another Dave Flitcroft". Neil started out at Manchester City but went to Port Vale in 1998 without having made a first team appearance. He was there for 6 seasons making a fairly modest 119 appearances and scoring an extremely modest 2 goals.
While I wasn't the greatest fan of Flitcroft as a player Parkin's comparison was grossly insulting ; at least Flicker looked like he wanted to be on the pitch. I must have seen most of Neil's games and the only positive contribution I can recall is when he received the ball in a promising position at Swansea and went wandering out wide a la Chris Lee which created enough confusion and therefore space for Ricky Lambert to score the equaliser. Otherwise he just lumbered up and down the pitch without doing anything. He was also a bit of a coward; I saw him in reserve and pre-season games going on surging runs down the middle but he never attempted that when it mattered. He'd also go looking for someone to mark him when we had a free kick though why anyone would want to pass to him anyway is a good question.
After starting in the team Neil was quickly dropped with some tale that he'd over-trained on weights in the summer and made himself too bulky to play properly. By November he was out on loan at Northwich who were impressed enough to have him again in the new year. He made just 11 appearances for us all season.
The following year he had a good pre-season and won his place back in the side but in the third game at home to Cheltenham he over-ran the ball and produced an horrendous challenge for an unarguable straight red card. That ended any hope of him becoming a useful player. Thereafter he was awful although Parkin didn't help his cause by sticking him out wide on the right in place of Lee Cartwright. It was around this time that the rumour that he was Parkin's brother-in-law arose though nobody ever came up with any proof. His performance away at Wycombe in December was one of the worst individual displays I've ever seen and he was subbed because the fans were beginning to jeer his every misplaced pass. He last appeared at the beginning of February before knee surgery finally brought his Dale career to a merciful end.
Neil had problems finding a club after we released him. Scarborough and Barrow both found him wanting and he had two games for Mossley provoking a mass brawl at the end of his second after another apppalling two-footed challenge. He eventually settled at Leigh RMI for a couple of years while starting a career in the prison service. His last club was Chorley for whom he briefly played in 2009.