Nicknamed Captain Marvel, Bryan was the longest-serving Manchester United skipper in the club’s history and also led England 65 times while winning 90 caps. He was a born leader, motivating the players around him with his competitive force, controlled fury and his consummate flair.
From Chester-le-Street in County Durham, he established himself at West Bromwich Albion as a storming midfield player who was snapped up for Manchester United by Alex Ferguson in 1981. He was a ball winner and a maker and taker of goals, finding the net 74 times in 345 League games for United.
He returned to his native North-East to wind down his career with Middlesbrough as player-manager, and he spent seven eventful years in charge at the Boro during which he guided them to two promotions to the Premier League and to the first three cup finals in the club’s history.
Bryan later went back to The Hawthorns for two years as manager of West Brom after a brief spell in charge of Bradford City. He also managed Sheffield United and the Thailand national team.
An ambassador for Manchester United, he has stories galore about his golden days as captain of the England team and when leading Fergie’s Furies to three FA Cups, the European Cup winners’ Cup and two Premier League titles.