|Playing position |
Height 1.94 m
Name Brett Angell
|Full name Brett Ashley Mark Angell|
Date of birth (1968-08-20) 20 August 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
Role Association football player
County Classics - Stockport County 6-0 Hartlepool United
Brett Ashley Mark Angell (born 20 August 1968) is an English association football coach and former player, who is now head coach at New Zealand Football Championship club Hawke's Bay United. His brother, Darren, also played football professionally.
- County Classics Stockport County 6 0 Hartlepool United
- Playing career
- Coaching career
Turning professional with Portsmouth in 1986, he made his mark as a striker the following year after moving to Cheltenham Town. In 1988, he joined Stockport County via Derby County, before signing with Southend United in 1990. Impressing at the club, he won a move to Everton four years later. In 1995, he transferred to Sunderland, after spent part of 1996 on loan at Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion, before he returned to Stockport later in the year. Successful in his second spell with the club, he was loaned out to Notts County and Preston North End, before ending up at Walsall in 2000. Two years later he joined Queens Park Rangers via Rushden & Diamonds and Port Vale. He retired in 2003 having scored 200 goals in 540 games, in all competitions. He was appointed head coach NewZealand side Hawke's Bay United in September 2014.
With Southend he was promoted out of the Third Division 1990–91, and was also named on the PFA Team of the Year. He won promotion out of the Second Division with Stockport County, and was later inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. He topped the Second Division with Preston North End in 1999–2000, and won his fourth promotion with Walsall after winning the Second Division play-off final in 2001. He was also listed in the 2006 book Cheltenham Town Football Club 50 Greats.
Angell started his career as a defender at Second Division side Portsmouth, but never made the first team and was released in 1987. It wasn't until he joined Cheltenham Town in July 1987 that Angell was converted from defender to a striker by the club's then manager John Murphy, who had discovered the player at a 6-a-side game. He scored 22 goals in 1987–88, becoming the Conference club's top-scorer. In February 1988, he was signed by Arthur Cox at First Division club Derby County for a fee of £45,000.
He never played in the Derby first team, and was instead sold to Asa Hartford's Stockport County for a club-record £33,000 fee in October 1988. He struggled to break into the first team at the Fourth Division club, but found his shooting boots when new manager Danny Bergara took over in March 1989. During the 1989–90 season he scored four goals in one game against Hartlepool United, and finished the campaign with 23 goals in 43 league starts to become the division's top-scorer. However following defeat to Chesterfield in the play-offs he handed in a transfer request.
Angell switched to Southend United, who had won promotion into the Third Division after finishing one point and one place ahead of County. Stockport wanted £250,000 for the player, but Southend only offered £15,000 – a Football League tribunal later set the fee at £100,000, though Stockport had to pay Derby £19,500 as part of an agreed sell-on clause. He formed an effective partnership with target-man Ian Benjamin and became joint-top scorer in the Third Division in 1990–91, as he and Bolton's Tony Philliskirk scored 26 goals. The "Shrimpers" won promotion as the Third Division's runners-up, finishing one point behind champions Cambridge United and two points ahead of fourth placed Bolton.
Southend settled into the Second Division, finishing in the top-half of the table in 1991–92, and Angell again finished as the club's top scorer with 23 goals and was named as the club's Player of the Year. The Roots Hall faithful continued to witness second tier football in 1993–94, however Angell attracted interest from bigger clubs, and joined top-flight Everton on loan in September 1993 and again in January 1994. Despite Angell playing just one game in each spell, manager Mike Walker signed him for a fee of £500,000 on 21 January (£160,000 of this went to Stockport as part of a tribunal agreement made four years earlier). However Angell had just undergone major surgery on his left leg and was unable to play to his full potential so it proved to be a disastrous spell, his only goal in nineteen games for the "Toffees" being a tap-in against Chelsea. Neville Southall later said that "the step up to the Premier League was probably too much for him" and he "had a first touch like a tackle". Manager Joe Royle sold Angell to Sunderland for £600,000 in March 1995, where he was similarly unsuccessful. He played eleven games for the "Black Cats", scoring once in the League Cup at Preston. He is widely regarded by fans of both Everton and Sunderland as one of the worst players to turn out for both of these clubs, where he failed to reproduce the form he showed in the lower divisions.
He was loaned out to First Division Sheffield United in January 1996, where he was reunited with Howard Kendall, who was manager at Everton during his first loan spell at the club. He scored twice in six games for the "Blades", before he was sent out on loan to West Bromwich Albion in March. Manager Alan Buckley used him as a substitute on three occasions, before he returned to Roker Park. After being forced to train with the youth team at Sunderland, he returned to Stockport County in August 1996, now managed by Dave Jones, for a £120,000 fee.
Angell enjoyed a highly successful 1996–97 campaign, when he was Stockport's leading goalscorer and inspired them to promotion to the First Division, as well as the semi-finals of the League Cup. He scored eighteen goals in 1997–98, helping County to record an eighth-place finish in the second tier. The club continued to survive in the second tier in 1998–99 and 1999–2000. However Angell was loaned out to Second Division sides Notts County and Preston North End in the latter half of the 1999–2000 campaign. He hit five goals in six games for County, and scored eight goals in seventeen games for Preston, who finished the season as Second Division champions.
He joined Second Division Walsall for 2000–01, in which he scored 13 goals in 48 games, including a hat-trick past Northampton Town. He picked up a play-off winners medal as he was an unused substitute in the 3–2 victory over Reading in the final. He scored 6 goals in 29 games in 2001–02, before he joined Third Division Rushden & Diamonds in March 2002. He played for Rushden at Cardiff in the play-off final, in which they lost 3–1 to former club Cheltenham Town.
After two goals in seven games for Rushden, he joined Brian Horton's Port Vale for the 2002–03 campaign. He scored seven goals in seventeen games, before leaving in November 2002. He then joined Ian Holloway's Queens Park Rangers. He played thirteen games for QPR, and was an unused substitute in the play-off Final defeat to Cardiff City at the Millennium Stadium – his third play-off encounter in as many years. Angell was heading to Ireland to play for Linfield in July 2003, however the deal fell through as he refused to play trial games before signing a contract.
Angell worked as a youth team coach at Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth. However, his tenure as youth and reserve team coach at Portsmouth lasted only five months, and he was relieved of his position in April 2006. After a similar position at Bolton Wanderers, Angell then worked as a Coach Educator, teaching coaching courses for the Football Association, before taking up a Central Football regional coaching job in New Zealand. He was appointed head coach at New Zealand Football Championship club Hawke's Bay United in September 2014. Some players made it known that they would have preferred incumbent head coach Chris Greatholder to have stayed, and were released by Angell. He took the club to third in 2014–15 and second in 2015–16, though he faced continued speculation over his future at the club.