A hugely popular player with fans during his time with the club, Michael Brough was a man who brought tenacity and vigour to the Boro’ midfield. He liked to make his mark on every game he played in – and wasn’t afraid to chip in with some important goals either. Such is the regard in which Graham Westley held Brough, he’d bring him back for a second spell during our 2009-10 Conference-winning campaign.
In his first spell with us, Brough was at the heart of the team that progressed to the playoff final in 2005. But not all club careers go on and on; the midfielder sadly leaving us in 2006 and joining Forest Green Rovers. After that, it was further south to Torquay United for a stay that wasn’t as productive as first hoped. In being loaned out to Salisbury City, it meant that Brough would miss the Gulls’ eventual promotion to the Football League.
Michael Brough: After Boro’
Torquay still weren’t giving Brough much Football League action. That’s when Westley made his move; bringing the midfielder back to Boro’ for a one-month loan stint. In fact, he was one of only two players to join our ranks that season. After leaving Boro’ for a second time, Brough moved on to Mansfield Town; first on loan, then for good. Darlington, Guiseley and Harrogate Town are all sides to also make use of Brough’s talents in the years to follow.
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009-10.