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Full name
Drewe Oliver Broughton

Norwich City



1.91 m

Playing position


Place of birth
Hitchin, England

Drewe Broughton

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Date of birth
(1978-10-25) 25 October 1978 (age 37)

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Drewe Oliver Broughton (born 25 October 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He made over 540 senior appearances for 21 different clubs, scoring 116 goals, in a career spanning 17 years.


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Earlier years

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Broughton was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. began his career as a trainee with Norwich City in 1996, where he made nine appearances scoring once against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and had a one-month loan spell at Wigan Athletic, in two seasons. He joined Brentford in October 1998 for a transfer fee of £100,000 and was sold within a month for the same fee to Peterborough United. He stayed at Peterborough for just over two years, making 35 league appearances and scoring eight goals.


After spells on loan at non-League Nuneaton Borough, Dagenham & Redbridge and Stevenage Borough during the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons, Broughton joined Kidderminster Harriers on a one-month loan in January 2001 and then joined Kidderminster on a permanent basis in February 2001. He made over 100 league appearances for Kidderminster, scoring 19 goals, before joining Southend United in June 2003 on a two-year contract after being released by Kidderminster on a free transfer.

Southend, Rushden and Chester

At Southend, he proved a success in their run in the 2003-04 Football League Trophy. With Broughton scoring once against Luton Town and twice against QPR in earlier rounds, Southend faced Essex rivals Colchester United in the Area Final. In the first leg, he scored but was later sent off as the Shrimpers won 3-2. In the second leg, Broughton scored the winning aggregate goal, his fifth of the competition that season, to put Southend United in to the first National Final of their then 98-year history. Broughton played the full 90 minutes as they lost the overall final to Blackpool. However overall he did not feature regularly in the first team at Southend and joined Rushden & Diamonds on loan in October 2004, where he scored five goals in ten appearances, and then Wycombe Wanderers, before joining Rushden & Diamonds permanently in February 2005, where he made 51 appearances in all competitions in two seasons. Despite Broughton scoring ten goals in the 2005–06 season, Rushden were relegated to the Conference National following their defeat at Boston United in April 2006. Broughton joined Chester City on a two-year contract in June 2006. He made only 14 league appearances for Chester, and in October 2006, he joined Boston United on loan in October 2006 for the rest of the 2006–07 season, where he scored eight goals in 25 league appearances, but was unable to prevent Boston from being relegated from the Football League.

Milton Keynes Dons

Broughton was released by Chester upon his return, and joined Milton Keynes Dons in July 2007 after impressing during a one-week trial at the club. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for the club against Sheffield United in the League Cup. After starting just six times for MK Dons, he joined Wrexham on a one-month loan in January 2008. When his loan spell ended, he played in their Football League Trophy semi final win over Swansea City in February 2008 and scored the final penalty in a 5–4 penalty shootout that sent them to Wembley for the final, which his teammates went on to win in his absence. He then returned to Wrexham for a second loan spell, and scored two goals in 16 appearances for Wrexham before being released in April 2008. He was also released by MK Dons at the end of the 2007–08 season. Broughton joined Rotherham United on a short-term contract in August 2008. This was then extended to a one-year contract. He got his first Rotherham United goal in the 3–1 victory over Championship side Southampton.

Lincoln City

After a loan spell during the 09/10 season with Lincoln City, Broughton joined permanently in June 2010. On 18 February 2011 Broughton signed on loan for Conference National club AFC Wimbledon, causing some controversy owed to his time spent with Milton Keynes Dons. On 19 February, Broughton scored on his debut after coming on as a substitute in a 5–2 away victory against Tamworth. His second goal for the club came a week later in a 4–1 home victory over Altrincham. He was recalled by Lincoln on 1 April due to injuries to strikers Delroy Facey and Ashley Grimes

In May 2011, he was not offered a new contract after a mass clear out of players following the club's relegation from the Football League. After being released, Broughton went on trial at Luton Town scoring two goals in a 4–2 victory over Hitchin in a pre-season friendly.

Return to non-League

On 8 September 2011, he joined Alfreton Town as a free agent, having been without a club since being released by Lincoln City. He had shaken off a minor hamstring injury which saw him have to be substituted during two run-outs in pre-season friendlies with Alfreton (against Sheffield United and Matlock Town). He debuted for the club in their 3–1 Conference defeat at his former club Kidderminster Harriers on 17 September 2011, scoring a 31st-minute penalty before attracting attention for an alleged elbow on Luke Jones. The incident was missed by the match referee but not by the referee's assessor who later requested a copy of the matchday DVD from Alfreton Town and, upon reviewing the incident, reported Broughton to the Football Association who took immediate action and banned him for three games. He returned from suspension to appear in the 5–2 defeat at Grimsby Town on 1 October 2011 but was sent-off for elbowing Gary Silk in the 86th minute. After being handed a four match ban for the offence, Broughton was sacked by the club on 5 October 2011, with Alfreton chairman Wayne Bradley commenting that "the actions of Drewe Broughton on Saturday were wholly unacceptable and the club has made a decision to sever relationships with the player. He was a non-contract player and, while we understand his disappointment with himself and his pleas that it was completely out of character for him, we have made our decision and he has kicked his last ball for Alfreton Town".

On 21 October 2011, it was announced that he had signed for Thurrock.

He moved on to Arlesey Town of the Southern League Premier Division, making his debut on 28 January 2012. Broughton scored his first goal for Arlesey in a home match against St Albans City on 18 February 2012, giving Arlesey an 18th-minute lead in a 1–1 draw.

Moving on in March 2012, Broughton signed for Conference National club Darlington and made his league debut for the financially troubled side, who were battling relegation after receiving a 10-point deduction having entered administration mid-season, at home to Stockport County on 3 March 2012. He scored his first goal for the club on his sixth appearance, a 3–3 away draw at AFC Telford United on 31 March 2012.

Career statistics

  • Correct as at 01:17, 1 April 2012.
  • References

    Drewe Broughton Wikipedia

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