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Brian Greenhoff

Personal information
Full nameBrian Greenhoff
Date of birth28 April 1953(age 63)
Place of birthBarnsley, England
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Centre back

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Brian Greenhoff (born 28 April 1953) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Manchester United, Leeds United and Rochdale. He was capped 18 times for England.

Greenhoff was born in Barnsley, and as a youngster played for Yorkshire Schoolboys. He joined Manchester United as a youth player in August 1968, and made his first-team debut against Ipswich Town on 8 September 1973. He helped Manchester United win the 1977 FA Cup, by which time he had developed a partnership with Martin Buchan in central defence. He was very versatile, starting his career as a midfielder and finishing it as a centre back of international class. Greenhoff scored 17 goals in his Manchester United career and played 271 games between 1973 and 1979. His brother, Jimmy, also played for Manchester United.

Greenhoff left for Leeds United in 1979 for £350,000. He was given a free transfer when Leeds were relegated in 1982 after concerns had been expressed about his weight. He returned to the game as player-coach at Rochdale after his brother had been appointed player-manager in 1983. He left the club when Jimmy was sacked in March 1984 but stayed in the area. He won 18 caps for England, and appeared once for England B.

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