Andy Brownrigg was described by then Norwich manager John Deehan as the next Dave Watson when he signed him from Hereford United for
£100,000 in March 1995. However he failed to live up to these
expectations and had not made a first team appearance for the
Canaries by the time of his transfer to Rotherham in the summer
of 1997. Indeed Andy spent part of his Norwich sojourn with the
A team in the Essex and Herts Border Combination. To gain first
team experience, Andy spent a month on loan to non-league Kettering
Town during the 1995/96 season.
According to the March 1998 edition of Team Talk , Britain's
most popular national non-league football monthly, Andy has since
joined Stalybridge Celtic of the Vauxhall Conference on loan.
Released by Rotherham in the 1998 close season, Andy joined Yeovil
but parted company with them due to personal reasons. However
the 1st November edition of Sport First revealed that Brownrigg
was again playing for Stalybridge. There may be some confusion
as to his whereabouts as the December edition of Team Talk
magazine said Andy had joined Tamworth. The June 1999 edition
of Team Talk reports that Andy is playing for Stocksbridge
Park Steels of the Northern League.
In the summer of 1999, Andy signed for Jan
Molby's Kidderminster Harriers. After a successful season
that resulted in the Conference title and promotion to the football
league, Andy was sold on 21st July 2000 to Scottish side Greenock
Morton for £25,000. Andy was linked by the Unofficial
Football Transfers website in November 2000 with a return
to Kidderminster. This didn't materialise but in March 2001, Andy
returned to English league football, joining Division 3 side Hartlepool
. He was released in May 2001 without playing a single game. To
date, Andy's only league appearances are 8 games for Hereford
before his transfer to Carrow Road.
According to Teamtalk, Andy has approached Jan Molby about a return
to Harriers where he was happiest. This didn't materialise and
Andy joined Conference side Northwich Victoria in early June 2001.
He moved to Hednesford in the autumn of 2001 and on to Gainsborough
Trinity of the Northern League at the end of June 2002. He was
released by Trinity towards the beginning of September 2002 and
has since joined Wakefield & Emley.
In the summer of 2003, he trialled with Worksop. In November
2003, Andy played for Oxford United's reserves against their counterparts
from Cheltenham. After a spell with Hallam, Andy joined Buxton
in March 2005.
After another spell with Worksop, Andy signed for AFC Emley in
July 2010. He has since retired
In a June 2011 interview with the Hereford Times, Andy revealed
the extent of his addiction problems which led him to Tony Adams'
Sporting Chances clinic. He has a first-class degree in sport
and exercise psychology from the University of Huddersfield (2009)
and is currently researching and writing a doctorate which explores
the transitional experiences of professional footballers.