Jeffrey Stephen Bryant
Date of Birth:
27 November 1953
Place of Birth:
(1972/73 - 1978/79)
Signing for the club in April 1973 after being released by Fulham, centre back Jeff Bryant played in the last three games of the 1972-73 season before serving a five month ban for recording his age incorrectly when trying to get into the England youth team at Craven Cottage. On his return to the Wimbledon team, in January 1974, he scored in his first game - a 2-2 draw at Chelmsford - and helped his struggling side avoid relegation as the campaign threatened to end in disaster.
Following the appointment of Allen Batsford that summer, Bryant missed just two matches in the course of the next three seasons as the Dons won a hat trick of Southern League titles. His partnership with Dave Donaldson at the back was crucial in ensuring that Wimbledon had the meanest defence in non league football. He was voted Player of the year in 1975-76, after a season in which he had been outstanding as the club completed a Southern League and cup double.
Bryant went on to write his name into the history books on 20th August 1977 when he scored the club's first Football League goal after 50 minutes of their Division Four opener against Halifax Town. That year he made 43 league appearances as the side finished the campaign in mid-table. A brave defender he scored the majority of his thirty two goals for the clubs from set pieces, particularly corners.
1971-1972 Walton & Hersham ? (?)
1972-1979 Wimbledon 216 (23)
1979-1980 Bournemouth 16 (2)
1980-1982 Gravesend & Northfleet 87 (16)
1984-1987 Tooting & Mitcham United 51 (4)
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