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Guy Branston
Full nameGuy Peter Bromley Branston
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a4 (1)
PositionDefender
Date of birth9 January 1979
in Leicester
Height6 ft 2 in
Joined
22 November 2012 from Aldershot Town (loan)
Left
1 January 2013 to join Aldershot Town
Senior clubs
Leicester City
Rushden & Diamonds
Colchester United
Colchester United
Plymouth Argyle
Rushden & Diamonds
Lincoln City
Rotherham United

Rotherham United
Wycombe Wanderers
Peterborough United

Sheffield Wednesday
Peterborough United
Oldham Athletic
Peterborough United
Rochdale
Northampton Town

Notts County
Kettering Town
Burton Albion
Torquay United
Torquay United
Bradford City
Rotherham United
Aldershot Town
Bristol Rovers
Plymouth Argyle
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 11/09/2013

Well-travelled defender Guy Branston was brought in on an emergency loan deal from Aldershot Town late in November 2012 to help patch up an injury-ravaged Rovers defensive line. With Cian Bolger, Adam Virgo, Tom Parkes and Garry Kenneth all unavailable for selection, Branston provided vital cover.

His debut for The Gas came on 24 November 2012, in a 3–3 draw with Bradford City. He scored his only goal in the blue and white quarters just over a minute into the game, which saw him celebrate wildly due to him being released by The Bantams earlier in the year.

After Guy made three further appearances for the club, all in League Two, manager Mark McGhee was relieved of his duties. New boss John Ward opted not to use Branston, and even allowed him to return to his parent club before his loan deal officially ended.

CareerEdit

Guy's lengthy list of clubs began with Leicester City, with whom he turned professional in 1997. He failed to make any first team appearances for The Foxes however, but was loaned out to a number of lower league sides where he gained his earliest taste of competitive professional football.

His first loan move was to Rushden & Diamonds in 1997, where he made 31 league appearances. This was followed by spells with Colchester United (twice), Plymouth Argyle, Rushden & Diamonds (again), Lincoln City and Rotherham United.

He signed for Rotherham on a permanent basis in 1999, and spent five years with The Millers, during which time he was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United. He spent the 2004–05 season with Sheffield Wednesday, during which he had a second loan spell with Peterborough, before moving to Oldham Athletic in 2005, then to Peterborough United for a third time in 2006.

While at The Posh he was loaned out twice more, to Rochdale and Northampton Town, and just over a year later he was on the move again, this time playing just a single match for Notts County. He joined Kettering Town late in the 2007–08 campaign, making them his fifth club of the season, where he immediately won promotion from the Conference North into the national division. Then after a full season of Conference Premier action with The Poppies he signed for Burton Albion in 2009.

After being loaned to Torquay United during the 2009–10 season, the deal was made permanent in the summer of 2010. He spent a single year with Torquay, moving to Bradford City the following summer, from where he made an on-loan return to Rotherham United. The following year he signed for Aldershot Town, from where he had his brief stay with Rovers.

Just days after returning to The Shots from Bristol his contract with them was terminated by mutual consent, leaving him free to re-join Plymouth Argyle, a club where he had been on loan some fourteen years earlier.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1997–98Leicester City 00
1997–98Rushden & Diamonds (loan)??
1997–98Colchester United (loan)131
1998–99Leicester City 00
1998–99Colchester United (loan)10
1998–99Plymouth Argyle (loan)71
1998–99Rushden & Diamonds (loan)??
1999–00Leicester City 00
1999–00Lincoln City (loan)40
1999–00Rotherham United (loan)50
1999–00Rotherham United 254
2000–01Rotherham United 416
2001–02Rotherham United 101
2002–03Rotherham United 152
2003–04Rotherham United 80
2003–04Wycombe Wanderers (loan)90
2003–04Peterborough United (loan)140
2004–05Sheffield Wednesday 110
2004–05Peterborough United (loan)41
2004–05Oldham Athletic 71
2005–06Oldham Athletic 381
2006–07Peterborough United 240
2007–08Peterborough United 20
2007–08Rochdale (loan)40
2007–08Northampton Town (loan)30
2007–08Notts County 10
2007–08Kettering Town ??
2008–09Kettering Town 390
2009–10Burton Albion 190
2009–10Torquay United (loan)160
2010–11Torquay United 452
2011–12Bradford City 161
2011–12Rotherham United (loan)20
2012–13Aldershot Town 30
2012–13Bristol Rovers (loan)41
2012–13Plymouth Argyle 190

Record against RoversEdit

Guy has played against Bristol Rovers five times, spread over an 11-year period. After recording two wins and two draws against The Gas, he was finally on the losing side against them for the first time while on loan with Rotherham United in 2011. That game also saw his only sending off against a Bristol Rovers side.

He was a member of the Peterborough United side that beat Rovers 4–1 in the opening game of the 2006–07 season which, despite the poor start, saw Rovers win promotion to League One via the playoffs.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
17 October 2000Rotherham UnitedMemorial Stadium1–1
17 March 2001Rotherham UnitedMillmoor3–0 to Rotherham
5 August 2006Peterborough UnitedLondon Road4–1 to Peterborough
10 September 2011Bradford CityValley Parade2–2
14 October 2011Rotherham UnitedMemorial Stadium5–2 to RoversSent off in second half
7 September 2013Plymouth ArgyleHome Park1–0 to Plymouth

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