The thorn in your sidePosted: July 26, 2011
The most infamous collection of names since the Nomenklatura has arrived.
Managers trying to buy an illegal player at next week’s auction will face the ignominy of fielding one of the Titus Bramble offerings below.
The players have been picked in the spirit of Bramble philosophy: they’ll play sometimes, they may even score on occaision, but most of time they’ll do less actual work than Sven Goran-Eriksson.
This season’s Bramble ruling has been tidied up to avoid a repeat of January’s ugly incident that left the Barking manager without a job.
The updated ruling – highlights
Managers will invoke the Bramble ruling if they buy, or try to buy:
- More than one player from a particular Premiership club – the most expensive of the two will be replaced.
- A player that causes them to exceed the £100m budget – their most expensive player, regardless of who they bought last, will be replaced.
Once they’ve undergone the Bramble ruling, the offending manager may not take part in the next round of bidding and must buy a pitcher of beer (get the next round).
Managers found to be consistently making illegal bids to drive up the value of players will invoke the Titus Bramble ruling.
Full league rules and regulations, including changes to the Bramble ruling, will be shared soon.
The Titus Bramble list – 2011/12
Under the updated ruling, Bramble players in each position will be awarded in the order they appear below.
If a manager has a player from the same club as the first available Bramble, then the next Bramble down will be awarded.
Each Bramble player will cost £0.5m.
|2||Jose Moreira||Swansea City|
|3||Zak Whitbread||Norwich City|
|4||Angel Rangel||Swansea City|
|8||Pablo Ibanez||West Bromwich Albion|
|1||Shaun Wright-Phillips||Manchester City|
|5||Hendry Thomas||Wigan Athletic|
|6||Darron Gibson||Manchester United|
|7||Michael Tonge||Stoke City|
|8||Dan Gosling||Newcastle United|
|1||Michael Owen||Manchester United|
|3||Emile Heskey||Aston Villa|
|4||Conor Sammon||Wigan Athletic|
|7||Roman Bednar||West Bromwich Albion|
|8||Mamady Sidibie||Stoke City|
Bramble players may be subject to change before the auction night, depending on transfers.