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Chris Brindley




Number 57


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One of the best known and one of the most decorated players in non-league football,{{Citation needed, → clubs1, clubs1 → ,(age 2016)

Chris Brindley (born July 5, 1969 in Stoke-on-Trent) is a former [[England(age 2016) Brindley started out with the Hednesford Town in the 1980s, before getting his big break with a move to Wolves in 1985. After only seven appearances at Molineux in two seasons, he was sold to Telford United, where he won the F.A. Trophy at Wembley at the end of the 1988-1989 season. In 1993, a move to Kidderminster Harriers proved the best move of his career, as he won the Football Conference title and played in two more F.A. Trophy Finals whilst at Aggborough.

He moved back to Hednesford in an exchange deal with Nigel Niblett in early 1998, and played over 100 times for the Pitmen before being released, signing for local rivals Stafford Rangers in June 2000. He returned for a third spell in June 2002, and has worked his way up to assistant manager, scoring the winner in the 2004 F.A. Trophy Final. He was appointed manager in June 2004, and led the club to promotion via the Southern Football League play-off in May 2005.

He left Hednesford in December 2005 after agreeing with the board to leave the post due to poor results. From there he teamed up with Northern Premier League side Gresley Rovers, before joining Halesowen Town in May 2006 as player/assistant manager. In December 2006, he left to join Stourport Swifts after former Hednesford players Martin O'Connor and Graham Hyde took over the reins at the Yeltz

Linked up again with former Halesowen manager Paul Holleran at Rushall Olympic, again as player-assistant manager, in January 2007. After assisting Holleran to the end of the 2007-2008 season, Brindley made the step up to Conference North level once again, joining old foes Stafford Rangers once again as assistant manager to new Rangers boss - and former Wolves team-mate - Steve Bull. This move also effectively moved the man into retirement after appearing numerous times for the Pics during 2007-2008

Money troubles hit Marston Road during the opening months of the 2008-2009 season, with Bull amongst a number of people released as Rangers desperately looked to balance the books. Brindley took over as manager in December 2008, and with a threadbare squad, held on to their Conference North status for the 2009-2010 season. In September 2010 Brindley resigned as manager of Stafford Rangers. Chris gave a reason for his departure "The reason I leave Rangers is simply because there's no Chairman, no money & most the players are youth & having the fans your back doesn't help even though there's no money at all".

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