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post Nov 8 2012, 12:30 PM
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Just been told by someone at work that Branch has been jailed for 7 years for drug related offences. Not sure where they got the info from or what paper it was in though.

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post Nov 8 2012, 12:46 PM
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post Nov 8 2012, 01:11 PM
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http://www.7msport.com/news/newsdata/20121014/79376.shtml

I'm sure someone already posted this a bit back, but 126 ex-footballers in prison on drugs charges. Think it's an absolute disgrace that the PFA allows this to happen whilst their chairman drives his own single agenda.
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post Nov 8 2012, 01:20 PM
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QUOTE (Joey Jakub's Tache @ Nov 8 2012, 01:11 PM) *
http://www.7msport.com/news/newsdata/20121014/79376.shtml

I'm sure someone already posted this a bit back, but 126 ex-footballers in prison on drugs charges. Think it's an absolute disgrace that the PFA allows this to happen whilst their chairman drives his own single agenda.

How do the PFA let this happen? Some of these lads have had plenty of money and even job opportunities that the rest of us could only dream about. It comes down to one thing and that is greed.


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post Nov 8 2012, 01:45 PM
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Full Branch story here
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post Nov 8 2012, 02:32 PM
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Cant imagine who introduced him to the drugs scene . No wonder he showed no interest on the pitch . probably the worst striker in the history of C.C.F.C. And before anyone mentions Rapley who was also apallingly bad ,he at least tried whereas Branch never broke sweat .
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post Nov 8 2012, 02:38 PM
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QUOTE (mused @ Nov 8 2012, 02:20 PM) *
How do the PFA let this happen? Some of these lads have had plenty of money and even job opportunities that the rest of us could only dream about. It comes down to one thing and that is greed.


Don't get me wrong mate, I'm the first to deride your average idiot footballer, but these lads are the ones that well and truly got chewed up and spat out by the football dream. Its a systemic issue where these kids that don't make the grade replace the aspirations of driving Rio's Bentley, to driving that of the local drug dealer's.

At the other end of the spectrum you have the likes of Mark Ward and now Branch who missed the gravy boat or were perenial career journeymen, and probably never made that much to begin with. At the end of the day, coaching and punditing is a finite industry and more should be done by the PFA to help these guys out, especially as their subs represented a lot bigger percentage of their wages than the chump change it is to the modern prem player.
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post Nov 8 2012, 03:01 PM
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Wasn`t the only Chester City player with a "drug problem" between 2001-2009.
On a totally different subject Frannie Jeffers has had a dissapointing start in Floriana.


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post Nov 8 2012, 03:17 PM
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Hopefully when he's finished his term he can turn over a new leaf.
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post Nov 8 2012, 03:20 PM
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QUOTE (mused @ Nov 8 2012, 02:20 PM) *
QUOTE (Joey Jakub's Tache @ Nov 8 2012, 01:11 PM) *
http://www.7msport.com/news/newsdata/20121014/79376.shtml

I'm sure someone already posted this a bit back, but 126 ex-footballers in prison on drugs charges. Think it's an absolute disgrace that the PFA allows this to happen whilst their chairman drives his own single agenda.

How do the PFA let this happen? Some of these lads have had plenty of money and even job opportunities that the rest of us could only dream about. It comes down to one thing and that is greed.


Well the PFA Elite such as Graham Taylor base their own incomes on the Premiersh*te level of income rather than the more average journeyman who maybe sees that he has an image to live up to. It is very easy for these lads to fall into the bad company of those chancers who want to rub shoulders with a professional player in their own town's team. Sadly once players fade from the public image drugs and drinkgive the illusion of helping them cope but in reality simply hasten the trip down the slippery slope to obscurity or worse!

I'd like to think that our own lads as semi-professional part timers are more grounded by living in the real world.
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post Nov 8 2012, 03:28 PM
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With the players on our books at the time involved in betting scandals and then the Chairmans off the pitch misdemeanors with the law.
Our manager at the time with a restraining order for t**tting his wife as well as shagging a players girlfriend and then
one of our players banned for illegal substance use and now Branch coming out as a drug dealer.
Throw in the Colin Smith debacle and you have the makings of a grimy dirty little organisation.

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post Nov 8 2012, 03:50 PM
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QUOTE (Barney Daniels Big Toe @ Nov 8 2012, 02:32 PM) *
Cant imagine who introduced him to the drugs scene . No wonder he showed no interest on the pitch . probably the worst striker in the history of C.C.F.C. And before anyone mentions Rapley who was also apallingly bad ,he at least tried whereas Branch never broke sweat .


No where near the worst striker for this club. Had he been able to apply himself as he occasionally did, he would, should have been one of the best.
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post Nov 8 2012, 03:51 PM
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Nice to see Vaughan kept him on the payroll AFTER the club had gone tits up. ph34r.gif


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post Nov 8 2012, 03:55 PM
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I wonder where the roots of his problem came from?
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post Nov 8 2012, 04:03 PM
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QUOTE (shunter blue @ Nov 8 2012, 03:50 PM) *
QUOTE (Barney Daniels Big Toe @ Nov 8 2012, 02:32 PM) *
Cant imagine who introduced him to the drugs scene . No wonder he showed no interest on the pitch . probably the worst striker in the history of C.C.F.C. And before anyone mentions Rapley who was also apallingly bad ,he at least tried whereas Branch never broke sweat .


No where near the worst striker for this club. Had he been able to apply himself as he occasionally did, he would, should have been one of the best.

Quite right - Branch was one of the most naturally talented and gifted players ever to wear a Chester shirt. The problem was his lack of application which can be said of many players unfortunately.
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post Nov 8 2012, 05:45 PM
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just my luck, i am going to malta over the new year and was dying to see branch partnering jeffers up front for flora! unsure.gif stumped again.
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post Nov 8 2012, 05:51 PM
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Possibly his most notable performance in a Chester shirt?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqsuU-2b3g

Definitely had the ability, but often looked as if he couldn't be bothered.


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post Nov 8 2012, 06:31 PM
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QUOTE (Almost Blue @ Nov 8 2012, 05:51 PM) *
Possibly his most notable performance in a Chester shirt?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqsuU-2b3g

Definitely had the ability, but often looked as if he couldn't be bothered.

Also remember his two goals against Grimsby. If he had his football head on he was unstoppable in league two, if he didn't they might as well of stuck me upfront!


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post Nov 8 2012, 06:34 PM
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I remember his performance 2nd half at home against Mansfield under Keith Curle, think we won 3-0, Branch was in fire that day and nearly scored a quite fantastic chip from 20yards out


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post Nov 8 2012, 06:42 PM
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Apparently when he was arrested by Special Branch they have promised a "Root and Branch" enquiry into drugs in football.

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post Nov 8 2012, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE (Almost Blue @ Nov 8 2012, 05:51 PM) *
Possibly his most notable performance in a Chester shirt?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqsuU-2b3g

Definitely had the ability, but often looked as if he couldn't be bothered.

Lazy t**t overall. I remember the daily post "striker Michael Branch" description being changed on here to "standing around hands on hips Michael Branch". DC classic.


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post Nov 8 2012, 11:21 PM
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Remember him scoring a pearler at Rochdale one year. There's no way he's the worst striker to have passed through our doors, but he never lived up to the ex-Everton tag, as is so often the case with players dropping down the levels. Probably gave a few linesmen RSI too.
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post Nov 8 2012, 11:56 PM
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very sad, I remember watching him play for everton just as he was breaking into the first team from the academy, one game I remember well was a friendly against psv eindovan and he was the best player on the pitch by far. I get the impression given how rapid his fall was at an early age that his mental strength to dedicate himself top the game didn't match his natural ability...


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post Nov 9 2012, 12:31 AM
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He made his choice and he will pay the price, what an idiot rolleyes.gif


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QUOTE (captain duff @ Nov 8 2012, 11:56 PM) *
very sad, I remember watching him play for everton just as he was breaking into the first team from the academy, one game I remember well was a friendly against psv eindovan and he was the best player on the pitch by far. I get the impression given how rapid his fall was at an early age that his mental strength to dedicate himself top the game didn't match his natural ability...



Stupid thing is that reading the article about his sentence, had he applied himself then his talent would have earned him more money than the drugs. Such a waste of talent as he undoubtedly was ........... on his day.


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