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Ian Breckin


Ian Breckin

Ian Breckin
Personal information
Full name Ian Breckin[1]
Date of birth (1975-07-24) 24 July 1975
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Rotherham United 132 (6)
1997–2002 Chesterfield 212 (8)
2002–2005 Wigan Athletic 96 (0)
2005–2009 Nottingham Forest 143 (12)
2009–2011 Chesterfield 64 (0)
Total 647 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Breckin (born 24 July 1975) is a former English professional footballer. He is now head coach at Wickersley Wanderers.[2]


  • Playing career 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Nottingham Forest 1.2
    • Chesterfield 1.3
  • Honours 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

Early career

Born in Rotherham, Breckin started his career with his hometown club Rotherham United as a trainee, before signing pro in 1993. He made over 130 appearances for them and scored six goals. He was then sold to Chesterfield for £100,000 in 1997. He spent five years at Saltergate, making over 200 appearances.

He moved to Wigan Athletic in 2002 and became a key player in the side that won promotion to the Premier League. During his time at the club he became a fans favourite for his passionate performances and outstanding defending, earning him the nickname "Breckinbauer" (a reference to German footballer Franz Beckenbauer).[3]

Nottingham Forest

He never got the chance to play in the Premier League and instead signed for League One side Nottingham Forest, in a £350,000 deal, with his team-mate Nicky Eaden joining him on a free transfer. He never scored in a Wigan shirt but he was the top scorer for Nottingham Forest as he reached the target he set with 10 goals.

Shortly after he arrived at the Football League One Player of the Month for April.

Breckin missed the start of the 2007–08 season, helping them secure promotion to the Championship.

Breckin's contract with Nottingham Forest was due to end in the summer of 2009, but in December 2008 he was transfer-listed by the club. After manager Colin Calderwood was sacked however, Breckin put in impressive performances under John Pemberton and Billy Davies, and after the 2–0 home win to Plymouth Argyle he was removed from the transfer list. However, Billy Davies stated on the clubs official website that Breckin would play his last ever game for Nottingham Forest in the clubs end of season finale against Southampton, as he would not be renewing Breckin's contract.

Breckin was given a standing ovation following the Southampton game, which Nottingham Forest, won 3–1.


Breckin joined Chesterfield on 25 June 2009 and was appointed club captain. Breckin was released from Chesterfield at the end of the 2010–11 season, and on retirement joined Wickersley Wanderers, a Rotherham-based children's football club, as head coach. [4]


Rotherham United

Autowindscreens Shield: Champion

Wigan Athletic

Football League Second Division: Champion


Football League Championship: Runner-up

Nottingham Forest

League One: Runner-up

Chesterfield F.C.

League Two: Champion



  1. ^ Hugman, Barry, ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 56.  
  2. ^ "Ian Breckin - A local boy done good". Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Pryce, Robert (4 December 2000). "Kings of Orient overtaken by rejuvenated Spireites". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ian Breckin". Chesterfield FC Community Trust. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

External links

  • Ian Breckin career stats at Soccerbase
  • Ian Breckin career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
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