Soccer player faces assault charge trial
PUBLISHED: 16:28 04 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010
NATIONWIDE striker Tesfaye Bramble has appeared before magistrates in Ipswich, jointly charged with assaulting a man in a Suffolk nightclub..
NATIONWIDE striker Tesfaye Bramble has appeared before magistrates in Ipswich, jointly charged with assaulting a man in a Suffolk nightclub.
The 20-year-old footballer, who lives in the town and plays for Division Three side Southend United, has come before magistrates with Shane Wardley, 21, who lives in Chelmsford.
The pair both pleaded not guilty to assaulting Michael Jackson at Liquid nightclub in Ipswich's Cardinal Park on February 4.
South East Suffolk magistrates adjourned the case to August 13 when a two-day trial is set to begin.
Bramble and Wardley were released on unconditional bail until then.
Ipswich-raised Bramble has played with the Third Division "Shrimpers" since he signed from Cambridge City for a £7,500 fee – which could rise to £50,000 depending on his performance with the Essex club.
The striker, a former Holywells High School pupil, scored an impressive six times in the last nine games of the season for Southend and is hotly tipped for the future if his form continues.
The striker who still lives in Beatty Road, Ipswich, despite playing for Southend, tried out for a week at Tranmere before moving to the Essex club from Cambridge.
Before Cambridge, he played for Chelmsford Town where he had trials with Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur.
While still a pupil at Holywells, Manchester United sent scouts to watch him play.
Bramble was on the schoolboy books of Ipswich Town at their School For Excellence.
In his early teens, Bramble played for Whitton United where he scored 68 times in a season, aged 13 to 14.
In 1993, he turned out for Ipswich Town's Under-14 side against other league clubs.