Sharples, Brian

Birth Date

6th September 1944


Bradford, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

After making around sixty appearances for Birmingham City, Brian Sharples appeared in around seventy league matches for Exeter City in an injury-hit three year stay between 1968 and 1971. Dogged by persistent knee trouble he was forced to retire at the age of 27.

He started his career as an apprentice with Birmingham City, signing a full contract in December 1961. Despite staying at the club for seven years as a professional, he was to make only 61 league appearances scoring one goal.

Exeter City manager Frank Broome signed Sharples on loan in December 1968 and the defender made his debut at Notts County, appearing in 11 matches before returning the Midlands, where he had a knee operation. The deal was made a permanent one in June 1969 when he moved to St James’ Park on a free transfer. The 1969-70 season proved to be Sharples best as he only missed five league matches, and scored two goals, Knee trouble again halted his progress the following season and he was forced to retire from playing at the end of it.

He enjoyed a testimonial match in October 1972, when Exeter City entertained Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.







James Steatham

Interesting to read this. I am Brian's cousin and his aunt Audrey Sharples now 92 is my mother. 

Kind regards

James Steatham 

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