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Tes Bramble

Tes Bramble
Norwich Career: Trial (October 1998)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 20/07/1980
Nationality: Montserrat / English


Chelmsford Town forward Tesfaye Bramble (initially spelled Brambell by the media) impressed the Norwich scouts when he played for Cambridge United Reserves against Norwich in the Avon Insurance Football Combination in October 1998. A week later, he was invited to guest for the Canaries in a Reserve team clash with QPR. However he did not impress and was substituted.

Since his brief spell at Carrow Road, Tesfaye had trials with Tottenham Hotspur (Tuesday 24th November) and his hometown team Ipswich Town. Tesfaye was previously at Portman Road but was released as the club thought he was too short. He has since grown in stature to 6ft 2ins. His brother Titus had made his debut in the Ipswich defence that season. According to Teamtalk, Tesfaye was set to join Tottenham in early March 1999 for a five figure fee. According to the Chelmsford City website, Tesfaye was also linked with a move to Luton but in the meantime, he trained full-time with Colchester United.

In the summer of 2000, Tesfaye joined Dr Martens League rivals Cambridge City. However he was again linked with a move to Ipswich in October 2000 whilst Sport First linked him with a move to Dave Webb's Southend on 17th December 2000. This move materialised in January 2001, initially as a loan deal on 19th January so that Tes could be registered to play in Southend's game the folowing day (Full signings had to be registered by midday for next day eligibility but loans could be passed until 5pm). Tes completed his medical the following week and signed a full contract with the Shrimpers at a fee of 7000,making his debut in the 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury on 27th January 2001. He made 16 appearances that season but failed to register his first league goal.

Scoring 11 goals in 2002/03, Tes was rewarded with a new 2year deal at the end of June 2003

In November 2004, Titus was called up by footballing minnows Montserrat, coached by Ruel Fox, and Titus has made his international debut for them and scored in a World Cup qualifier against Antigua on 2nd November 2004 (which was lost 5-4).

In March 2005, Southend loaned Tes to League Two strugglers Cambridge United with Tes scoring on his home debut, alongside fellow debutant Iwan Roberts, in a 2-1 defeat of Wycombe Wanderers (which also saw Clint Easton sent off for the visitors) Unfortunately his efforts could not prevent United being relegated to the Conference on 24th April 2005

Newley promoted to League One, Southend opted not to offer Tes an extension to his contract that expired in the summer of 2005. Although Rochdale and Lincoln expressed an interest in signing him, Tes joined Stockport County on 17th June 2005 signing a two year contract.

Tes was released by Stockport at the end of the 2006/7 season and signed for Stevenage on 14th July 2007. He was released by Stevenage after one season and was said to be in talks with Kettering Town

Tes signed for Ridgeons League side Leiston in August 2008

In June 2011, Bramble was convicted of rape and sentenced to four and a half years in prison, after a four day trial at Leeds Crown Court

After serving two and a half years, he was released in November 2013. The following year he played briefly for Ipswich Wanderers.

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