Michael Branch

Date of birth18 October 1978
Place of birthLiverpool
NationalityEnglish
Weight73 kg
Height1.78 m
PositionForward

Branch played well for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the opening game of the 2000-01 campaign against Sheffield Wednesday but was then sidelined by a torn hamstring and was unable to return to the starting line-up for several weeks.

Often used as a lone striker, he found goals hard to come by and was mostly used on the right wing in the second half of the campaign covering for the injured Darren Bazeley.

A pacy and versatile forward, he needs to try and increase his goal output.

Branch joined Bradford City in July 2003 with a two-year contract but moved on to Chester City in June 2004 in a three-year deal.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Everton 24 Oct 1995 20 Jan 2000
Manchester City 29 Oct 1998 30 Nov 1998 L
Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 Nov 1999 19 Jan 2000 L
Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 Jan 2000 30 Jun 2003
Reading 21 Mar 2002 20 Apr 2002 L
Hull City 04 Oct 2002 04 Dec 2002 L
Preston North End 20 Jan 2003 24 Jan 2003 T
Bradford City 02 Jul 2003 04 Jun 2004
Chester City 04 Jun 2004 30 Jun 2007
Milton Keynes Dons 27 Jul 2007 03 Aug 2007 T
Halifax Town 26 Oct 2007

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Everton Premier League 1
2
1996-97 Everton FA Cup 1
1996-97 Everton League Cup
1
1996-97 Everton Premier League 13
12
3
2
1997-98 Everton Premier League 1
5
1998-99 Everton FA Cup
2
1998-99 Everton Premier League 1
6
1999-00 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 2
2000-01 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 2
2000-01 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Cup 2
1
1
2000-01 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Division 1 31
7
4
8
2001-02 Reading League Division 2
2
2001-02 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Division 1 5
2
1
2002-03 Hull City League Division 3 6
1
3
2
2003-04 Bradford City FA Cup
1
2003-04 Bradford City League Cup 1
1
2003-04 Bradford City League Division 1 29
4
6
5
1
2004-05 Chester City FA Cup 1
2
2004-05 Chester City LDV Vans Trophy
1
2004-05 Chester City League Cup 1
2004-05 Chester City League Two 31
2
11
8
2005-06 Chester City FA Cup 2
1
1
2005-06 Chester City League Cup 1
2005-06 Chester City League Two 23
4
5
5


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
21 Feb 1996 Manchester United v Everton L 2-0 Premier League
08 Apr 1996 Queens Park Rangers v Everton L 3-1 Premier League
27 Apr 1996 Sheffield Wednesday v Everton W 2-5 Premier League
07 Sep 1996 Wimbledon v Everton L 4-0 Premier League
14 Sep 1996 Everton v Middlesbrough L 1-2 Premier League
24 Sep 1996 York City v Everton L 3-2
Agg: 4-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
28 Sep 1996 Everton v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-0 Premier League
12 Oct 1996 Everton v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
28 Oct 1996 Nottingham Forest v Everton W 0-1 Premier League
04 Nov 1996 Everton v Coventry City D 1-1 Premier League
30 Nov 1996 Everton v Sunderland L 1-3 Premier League
07 Dec 1996 Chelsea v Everton D 2-2 Premier League
16 Dec 1996 Derby County v Everton W 0-1 Premier League
21 Dec 1996 Everton v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1996 Middlesbrough v Everton L 4-2 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Everton v Wimbledon L 1-3 Premier League
01 Jan 1997 Everton v Blackburn Rovers L 0-2 Premier League
05 Jan 1997 Everton v Swindon Town W 3-0 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 1997 Sheffield Wednesday v Everton L 2-1 Premier League
19 Jan 1997 Arsenal v Everton L 3-1 Premier League
01 Mar 1997 Everton v Arsenal L 0-2 Premier League
05 Mar 1997 Southampton v Everton D 2-2 Premier League
08 Mar 1997 Leeds United v Everton L 1-0 Premier League
15 Mar 1997 Everton v Derby County W 1-0 Premier League
05 Apr 1997 Aston Villa v Everton L 3-1 Premier League
09 Apr 1997 Everton v Leicester City D 1-1 Premier League
12 Apr 1997 Everton v Tottenham Hotspur W 1-0 Premier League
16 Apr 1997 Everton v Liverpool D 1-1 Premier League
19 Apr 1997 West Ham United v Everton D 2-2 Premier League
03 May 1997 Sunderland v Everton L 3-0 Premier League
09 Aug 1997 Everton v Crystal Palace L 1-2 Premier League
27 Aug 1997 Everton v Manchester United L 0-2 Premier League
01 Sep 1997 Bolton Wanderers v Everton D 0-0 Premier League
13 Sep 1997 Derby County v Everton L 3-1 Premier League
02 Nov 1997 Everton v Southampton L 0-2 Premier League
08 Nov 1997 Blackburn Rovers v Everton L 3-2 Premier League
19 Dec 1998 West Ham United v Everton L 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1998 Everton v Derby County D 0-0 Premier League
02 Jan 1999 Bristol City v Everton W 0-2 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Jan 1999 Aston Villa v Everton L 3-0 Premier League
23 Jan 1999 Everton v Ipswich Town W 1-0 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 1999 Everton v Nottingham Forest L 0-1 Premier League
27 Feb 1999 Everton v Wimbledon D 1-1 Premier League
10 Mar 1999 Blackburn Rovers v Everton W 1-2 Premier League
03 Apr 1999 Liverpool v Everton L 3-2 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 England UEFA Under-18 4
1995-96 England Under-18 1
1996-97 England UEFA Under-21
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Nov 1995 England v Latvia W 2-0 UEFA U18 Group 13
18 Nov 1995 England v Sweden W 6-2 UEFA U18 Group 13
28 Feb 1996 France v England D 1-1 U18
19 Mar 1996 Scotland v England W 0-3 UEFA U18 2nd round group 6
23 Apr 1996 England v Scotland W 3-0 UEFA U18 2nd round group 6
08 Oct 1996 England v Poland D 0-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 2


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.