Most Norwich fans know
Titus Bramble as the former Ipswich central-defender who signed
for Newcastle for £5m in July 2002. As a former Ipswich
player, Norwich fans have delighted in his frequent mishaps and
errors, especially when teamed alongside Jean-Alain Boumsong at
the heart of Newcastle's defence - their partnership dubbed as"'The
However most Norwich
fans will not know that Titus actually played for Norwich's Under-14s
although he did not sign forms for the club. According to an email
received from Daniel Smith, Titus
played for Nowich's Under-14s in their summer 95 tour of Holland,
playing, amongst others, Ajax.
Titus, who was born
in Ipswich in July 1981, then signed for his hometown team and
progressed from their academy. He made his debut in 1998. After
a loan spell at Colchester United during 1999/2000 where he made
2 appearance, he returned to Ipswich and had made 41 appearances,
scoring once by the time Newcastle splashed out £5m for
his services in July 2002.
Titus has made appearances
for the England Under-21s but has yet to make the transition to
the full team due to frequent unexplainable lapses in concentration
whilst playing even though he blatantly has the strength, pace
and passing ability to be effective,
On August 13, 2006 it was reported that Bramble was involved
in a car crash in the village of Newton Flotman in Norfolk, while
heading for a nighclub in Norwich. His BMW M3 convertible car,
carrying five or six people, crashed into a garden wall. No one
was hurt in the incident, and Bramble cleared a standard breath
test. It was joked that Titus had not constructed aforementioned
wall, as otherwise, the car would have passed through cleanly
With his Newcastle contract due to expire at the end of the 2006/7
season, Ipswich manager Jim Magilton stated on 25th October 2006
that he would love to bring Bramble back to Portman Road. Magilton
told the East Anglian Daily Times: "If there was a possibility
of signing Titus I would do it right now."
At the end of March 2007, rumours suggested that Norwich were
interested in signing Bramble although they would face competition
from Birmingham The following month saw The Sun report
that Fulham were leading the chase for Bramble's signature.
New Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce announced on 16th May that
the club decided not to renew Bramble's contract that expired
on June 1st. Craig Moore, Pavel Srnicek and Olivier Bernard would
also leave the club. The Daily Mirror suggested that Bramble's
next decision might be newly promoted Birmingham City. In the
end, he signed for Wigan Athletic.
In July 2010, Titus signed for Sunderland for a fee of £1million,
re-uniting with his former Wigan manager Steve
In September 2011, Titus was suspended by Sunderland following
his arrest for sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug.
He was cleared at the end of May 2012 after being accused of groping
a woman's bottom in a nightclub in Yarm, on Teesside, before sexually
assaulting another woman in a cab home. He was cleared by a jury
at the end of a four-day trial at Teesside Crown Court.
Bramble was released by Sunderland on 28th May 2013. He had played
51 times for Sunderland. He played 19 times in the 2012/13 season
but none of these were under new manager Paolo Di Canio.
At the beginning of July 2013, Titus joined West Ham on trial.
He then joined Ipswich on trial playing in their 2-1 win over
Gillingham on 16th January 2013.
Titus' brother Tes also trialled for
the Canaries. He has also been arrested for sexual crimes.