Alan Brazil was one of the most exciting attacking footballers in the old First Division in a career which was dramatically cut short by injury. He earned 13 Scottish international caps and played for Ipswich at the height of its glory, Manchester United, Spurs,Coventryand QPR.
At the age of 27 he was told that he risked ending up in a wheelchair if he played top-flight football again. It was a terrible blow. Football was Alan’s life. He was born in a house overlooking Glasgow’s Hampden Park, and left school at 15 having been spotted by Ipswich Town.
He played in a legendary attacking Ipswich team of which it was said that even the goalkeeper played in midfield. Mariner, Warke andBrazil, with his flaming Afro haircut, were good for three goals and thirty shots a game. In 1981 they won the UEFA Cup, got to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and were League runners-up after Aston Villa. In 1982 Brazil scored 28 goals, including five in one match against Southampton. With Scotland, he played in the World Cup finals in Spain
Alan’s first-class career was abruptly cut short by a back injury which club doctors were slow in diagnosing. He played briefly inAustralia withWollongongCity, and inSwitzerland with FC Baden. His broadcasting career began with his local station in Ipswich, Radio Suffolk, where he was a co-commentator. His expertise and his easy way of communicating was noticed at Anglia TV inNorwich, where he got his first TV exposure.
That led to appearances on GMTV, and he was invited to join Andy Gray in The Boot Room on Sky TV. That in turn led to a job as Sky’s Nationwide League and Worthington Cup commentator.
Alan now presents TalkSport’s popular Sports Breakfast with Alan Brazil and Mike Parry running four hours a day, five days a week. On the show their love and knowledge of all sports from Football to Golf is apparent and appealing. Their opinionated and lively show has been described as “the best double act on radio”.