With Chesterfield hosting Bradford City this weekend we look at a player who has worn both the blue of Chesterfield and the claret and amber of the Bantams.
Chris Brandon was a regular feature for Chesterfield between 2002 and 2004 making 79 appearances and scoring on 11 occasions. Brandon went on to sign for Bradford towards the end of his career in 2008 he made 27 appearances in his two seasons with the Bantams, also managing to find the net twice.
The midfielder is originally from Bradford and began his career at famous local non-league side Bradford Park Avenue in the late 1990s. From there he managed to attract the attention of Torquay United, who brought him into the side in 1999. The Englishman spent three years at Torquay, managing to score 8 goals and impressing enough to force a move to Chesterfield.
Chesterfield signed Brandon on a two-year contract ahead of the 2002-03 season. He debuted on the opening day of the season in a 3-1 loss to QPR. However, he found his goal-scoring form immediately for the Spireites managing to score three goals early in his time at Saltergate - the goals coming against Port Vale, Northampton Town and Stockport County.
Brandon went on to win the player of the season award in the 2002-03 season after notching up ten goals in the campaign, which meant he was also the club's top goal scorer for the season.
Brandon’s highlight as a Spireite came in the League Cup as he found the net against top tier side West Ham United live on TV. Injuries plagued his second season at Saltergate and he only managed six goals in 2003-04 before signing for Huddersfield Town.
He spent four years with the Terriers, making over 100 appearances for the side before signing for this weekend’s opponents Bradford City. While Bradford were in League Two the draw of playing for his hometown club was too much for the midfielder to turn down.
Injuries kept Brandon sidelined and prevented him debuting until March 2009 and he grabbed his first goal for Bradford early in the following season against Torquay. With injuries becoming a bigger problem Brandon left Bradford and finished his playing days in Thailand playing for Premier League side BEC Tero Sasana.
Brandon will be remembered for his ability to take on defenders and his creativity going forward when playing in behind the forwards. It was this sort of attacking prowess which was on display in his player of the year season in 02-03. It may have been much more had injuries not had their way.