Tuesday, 24 May 2011
405 Guy Branston
Position : Centre half
Played : 2007-08 ( on loan from Peterborough)
Appearances : 4
Goals : 0
Guy was brought in to help with our centre half injury crisis in August. Guy was a much-travelled player starting out with Leicester and going out on loan in the late nineties to Colchester, Lincoln Plymouth and Rotherham. In 1999 he was sold to Rotherham for £50,000 despite not having played for the first team. He won two successive promotions with Rotherham and scored 13 goals in 99 appearances but fell out of favour as their fortunes declined and went on loan to Wycombe and Peterborough in his final season. In the summer of 2004 he signed for Sheffield Wednesday and played 11 games before returning for another loan spell with the Posh. In February 2005 he joined Oldham and played 45 games scoring 2 goals before finally signing for Peterborough 18 months later. He played regularly in the first half of the 2006-07 season but found games hard to come by after that. His career was littered with red cards leading to constant jokes involving the word "pickle" ( Jeff Stelling is a particular offender ).
Guy looked like a nightclub bouncer and certainly intimidation and winding the opposing fans up were part of his game. Nevertheless he was a solid no frills stopper who did a good job. His debut at Hereford helped us steal our first point of the season despite an awful performance from Spencer in the nets. He then gave a superb demonstration of back-to-the wall defending against Norwich in the League Cup. Unfortunately we saw the bad side of him at home to Macclesfield when he gave away a stupid penalty and then started crunching people whenever he went up for a corner. Keith Hill took him off before the referee did the job for him. He only got an appearance in the JP Trophy after that .
He got another couple of appearances for the Posh before going out on loan to Northampton in December 2007. The following month he was released by Peterborough. He spent a month at Notts County making one appearance before dropping out of the League with Kettering. In July 2009 he joined Burton for their first season in the League but went on loan to Torquay after his second red card of the season. Despite making it three in his last game of the season Torquay signed Guy in the summer and he has just had an excellent season making 45 appearances (2 goals, no red cards) and getting in the League Two PFA Team of the Year.