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Titus Bramble

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Norwich Career: Schoolboy (1995)
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Date of Birth: 21/07/1981 (Ipswich)
Nationality: English

Biography

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 Chuckle Brothers."

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 Bruce.

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.

 


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