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Mike Brennan

Mike Brennan

Clubs played for: Manchester City, Stockport County (loan), Rochdale, Macclesfield Town (1970-1978)

Born: 1952

Birthplace: Saltford

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Biography: In January 1982 myself and my family emigrated to Australia to take up a 2 year contract to play for West Adelaide Hellas in the National Soccer League. We moved to Perth in early 1984 to rejoin my coach from Adelaide in Alan Vest who had joined a Floreat Athena another Greek backed club playing in the semi pro league. Selected in the WA side as Captain against the touring Cup Winners Cup Champs in Notts Forest where we lost 4-1. Broke my leg in two places less than two weeks after this game but coached the side after Vest left for NSW and we were successful in the end of season Top Four Final against West Perth Macedonia. Still recovering from my leg break I took up an offer to join Macedonia in the close season as they chased a hat trick of league titles. We duly won the 1985 title with only two losses in a season where I played sparingly in different roles due to also coaching the side. The club did not really want a player coach or someone like me who would not have any interference from the committee about team selection, this brought about my sacking. Season 1986 saw me join the Italian club Perth Azzurri for two seasons, then English side Sorrento for two and then back to Athena in 1989 in a coaching role before taking over as First Team coach in 1990 until leaving in 1993. Took up a Assistant Coach role with WA State side where we had wins against both Werder Bremen and Iraklis from Greece. Teaming up with State coach Gary Marocchi we led a side called the Perth Kangaroos that was invited in 1994 to play in the Singapore League where we played 18 won 17 and Drew 1 to easily win the title. I actually played in three games at the end of that season as a midfielder at age 42. The league folded after one season due to sponsorship issues. Myself and Gary Marocchi were then selected to coach Perth Glory in the NSL League. We stayed for two seasons with crowds averaging around 14,000 each home game. I was inducted into the WA Hall of Fame in 2016 as the only coach to have won a Semi Pro League title on a Saturday comp and a hat trick of titles in the Sunday Amateur Premier Comp with Hamersley Rovers. Have been out of football since 2003 and now work in a logistics/traffic management position for Multiplex currently completing a 31 storey office tower for Chevron here in Perth.

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