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Part of a footballing family (his uncle and two brothers having been players as well), Brady started his career as a midfielder at Arsenal, making his debut in September 1973. Renowned for his famous left foot, his high-quality passing and close control, he gained the nickname "Chippy", on account of his dietary habits. At Arsenal, he won the 1979 FA Cup, as well as being a runner-up in the 1978 and 1980 competitions. He was also a runner-up after Arsenal lost the 1980 Cup Winners' Cup final to Valencia on penalties. Brady, along with Graham Rix , missed in the shootout.
Brady was the most talented player in what was then a distinctly average Arsenal side, which was unable to challenge for the Football League title. He was voted the club's player of the year three times, and PFA Player of the Year in 1979. In the summer of 1980 he signed for Italian giants Juventus, and spent two seasons there, picking up two Italian Championship medals, in 1981 and 1982; Brady scored the only goal (a penalty) in the 1-0 win against Catanzaro that won the 1982 title.
After the arrival of Michel Platini in summer 1982, Brady moved to Sampdoria, and went on to play for Internazionale and Ascoli, before returning to London in 1987 to play for West Ham United. He won 72 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, scoring 9 goals, although he never played in a major tournament, thanks to injury and a suspension accrued before Euro 88.
After retiring from playing in 1990, he managed Celtic between 1991 and 1993, and then Brighton & Hove Albion between 1993 and 1995. Neither spell was particularly successful, at both clubs Brady's tenure was overshadowed by financial problems.
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