Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Grant Brebner




Date of birth






When he left school in 1994, he became an apprentice with Manchester United where he played in the FA Youth Cup winning side of 1995 and turned professional soon after.

He was addressed as the latest big talent to be produced by Manchester United's youth system by football magazine FourFourTwo.

During his four years with United, he went out on loan to Cambridge where he scored his first ever senior goal whist making six league appearances. He then permanently transferred to Reading at the start of the 1998/99 season for £300,000 under manager Tommy Burns.  

He was part of the first ever team to play at Madejski Stadium which featured five new faces to home fans and, only ten minutes into the Stadium’s life, it was christened with its first goal by one of those recent arrivals.

Attacking the South Stand, Luton Town’s defence was unable to adequately clear a Ray Houghton corner and young Scottish midfielder Grant Brebner became the first man to score at Madejski Stadium.

Brebner, a former Manchester United youth trainee, smashed the loose ball past Kelvin Davis from ten yards out, setting up a comfortable 3-0 win on the new all-seater stadium’s debut. That goal was one of ten he went on to score for the club in 41 League appearances.

The following summer, Brebner returned north of the border to join Hibernian after reports of homesickness during his time in Berkshire.

Barring a brief stint at Stockport, he ended his playing days in Scotland with two seasons as a Dundee United player. In 57 starts he notched six goals, missing only three games in his first season with the club.

After his time in Scotland he looked to abroad to end his career. He played for Melbourne Victory and Moreland Zebras before finishing up with Richmond SC at the age of 37.