Brian Borrows (born 20 December 1960) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1980 until 1999.

Brian Borrows
Personal information
Full name Brian Borrows
Date of birth (1960-12-20) 20 December 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Everton 27 (0)
1983–1985 Bolton Wanderers 95 (0)
1985–1997 Coventry City 409 (11)
1993Bristol City (loan) 6 (0)
1997Swindon Town (loan) 15 (0)
1997–1999 Swindon Town 80 (0)
Total 632 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played for Everton and Bolton Wanderers, but spent the majority of his career with Coventry City. He finished playing with Swindon Town.


Brian Borrows was born in Liverpool. He signed for Coventry City from Bolton Wanderers in 1985 and apart from the rare injury was the club's regular right back for nearly a decade, missing less than 20 games. Whilst the era produced such terrace favourites as Gibson, Bennett, Regis and Speedie, Borrows fell into that category of player who quietly went about their business season after season to an exceptionally high standard. A right back who was gifted with first class spatial awareness and close ball control. In another era, (some City fans say at a more fashionable club) he might possibly have been an England squad regular.

Far from being a 'workmanlike' full-back, Borrows possessed a great cross and burst of speed which was used to great effect for forwards like Houchen, Speedie and Regis. He was also to play a key defensive role during the 1987 cup run, which included outstanding battling away displays against the likes of Stoke City (5th Round) and Sheffield Wednesday (6th Round). Coventry would later go on to lift the trophy for the first time in their 104-year history against Tottenham Hotspur. Unfortunately for Borrows, he twisted his knee just seven days before the 1987 FA Cup Final, and was forced to miss the game. As a result, his name was chanted many times that afternoon on 16 May 1987 from the Coventry sections of Wembley Stadium. He did however play a part in the Charity Shield showpiece versus Everton later that same year.

He scored several times for Coventry City, mostly from free kicks and the penalty spot, and remains a very respected figure among former players and fans alike. His understanding with Trevor Peake, Brian Kilcline and Steve Ogrizovic formed the foundation stone upon which George Curtis and John Sillett were able to rebuild the club's fortunes after years of under achievement. His playing career spanned some of the great changes in modern British football, from the pre-Sky era of open terracing to the super stadia and media saturation of the Premiership. 'Bugsy' as he was affectionately known at the club, made 474 total appearances scoring a total of 13 goals.

He was voted Coventry City 'Player of the Year' for the 1989/90 season. He also secured a representative honour as an England 'B' cap in 1990.

Coaching careerEdit

He spent time coaching the Academy sides of his former club Coventry and Derby County before becoming a Regional Coach for the Professional Footballers' Association in the Midlands area.

Personal lifeEdit

Brian Borrows is included in the Coventry City Hall of Fame at the Ricoh Arena.

Brian lives for his dog B B B Boston, Poppy the Queen and Tez, Thistle and Bella (God bless her).



  1. ^ "Coventry City | Club | History | History | Hall of Fame". 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2015.

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