Brisser reaches 150

Last updated : 21 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

It was Brisser's 67th league appearance for the Clarets but he had played 83 games before signing for us in the summer of 2000 on a Bosman transfer from Sheffield Wednesday, his first club.

He made his league debut for Sheffield Wednesday over eight years ago, when just 18, as a sub in a 3-1 Premiership win at Tottenham. He came on for Gordon Watson, now scoring goals for fun at Hartlepool, in a side that included two current First Division managers in Roland Nilsson and Carlton Palmer.

It was September 1994 when he got his first start and this was at Hillsborough and another victory, this time 1-0 against Manchester United, the goal coming from David Hirst.

Goals haven't played a major part in Brisser's career and in 78 league appearances for Wednesday he scored just once, the winning goal in the famous game when Paolo di Canio pushed the incompetent Paul Alcock to the ground. He had added just one more goal to his total before arriving at Burnley in a five game loan spell for Manchester City in early 1998. This season though he had a good start and had scored four times by October but he has since not been able to find the net.

His league appearances should continue to rise now, since he joined Stan Ternent's promotion chasers he has been a regular member of the side. He is one of a number of players in the current squad with Premiership experience fighting to get back there.