CHRIS BRASS FACTFILE
Born: Easington, 1975 (Age 41) Career: A full-back or centre-half, Brass came through the ranks at Ipswich and then Burnley, making his professional debut on loan at Torquay in 1994. Brass made his first Clarets appearance in January 1995 and went on to become captain at 22, playing 160 games and winning promotion from Division Two in 2000. After going on loan to Halifax, Brass joined York on a free transfer in March 2001 and was immediately named captain. In five years at Bootham Crescent, he played 152 league games, suffering relegation to the Conference as player-manager in 2004. After several games on loan at Harrogate and Town and Southport, Brass joined Bury in 2006, playing 29 times before seeing out his playing days with two years at Hyde. Appointed to manage Bury’s centre of excellence while playing for Hyde, Brass spent five games as caretaker in 2008, winning once. He then became assistant to Alan Knill at Gigg Lane and was part of the side promoted from League Two in 2011, before following Knill to Scunthorpe and then Torquay. Invited to return as No.2 by David Flitcroft, Brass rejoined Bury in December 2013 and, two years later, was named head of football operations. When Flitcroft was dismissed in November, Brass and Ryan Kidd took caretaker charge.