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Journeyman Richard Brodie signs for 20th club of his career

Forward Richard Brodie has signed for Northern Premier League Division One North side Ramsbottom United.

The move for the 31 year old player makes it his 20th club of his career, a fair bit behind the most well journeyman Jefferson Louis who three months ago made his 42nd transfer of his career.

Brodie started his footballing career with Northern League side Whickham before going on to become their top scorer in the 2005–06 season.

He moved to Newcastle Benfield in 2006 where he was a popular player, his first goal being against Newcastle United in a friendly.

Brodie impressed York City in a FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie, who then signed him in January 2007 and finished that season with one goal and played in the National League play-off semi-final.

He finished his first full season at York with 14 goals in 48 appearances, which saw the club finish 14th in the National League (back them known as the Conference).

2008–09 saw Brodie loaned out to Barrow and ended up scoring four goals in a one-month period. He finished that season as York’s top scorer with 19 goals and took part in their FA Trophy Final defeat at Wembley Stadium in 2009.

The 2009–10 season saw Brodie play in the Minstermen’s defeat in the National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium and once again finished as top scorer with 34 goals.

He made the move to Crawley Town in August 2010 for an undisclosed fee, and help win them the Conference Premier title in 2010–11.

Brodie headed to Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan for 2011–12, and with help from former teammate Jamie Vardy went and won them the league title, a second National League title for Brodie in as many seasons.

Whilst Vardy made a huge jump up the leagues by signing for Leicester City for £1million, Brodie was also at a new club, this time Morecambe.

We could be here all day if we carried on about his career, so we’ll keep it short and sweet.

He then headed to Grimsby on loan before getting released by Crawley Town, to which he then went on trial for Hartlepool but permanently signed for Gateshead.

Since 2013, yes we’ve only got to that stage, has played for Hereford United, Southport, Aldershot Town, Stockport County, York City (again), Macclesfield Town, Boston United, Skelmersdale United, Solihull Moors, Rushall Olympic, Warrington Town and most recently and previously stated Ramsbottom United.

After hearing that he had signed for the latter club, fans took to social media to give their reaction as well as cheekily comment on Richard Brodie and the amount of teams he’s been with – check out what they are saying on the next page.


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