Bob Brown (footballer, born 1869)

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Bob Brown
Personal information
Full name Robert Brown
Date of birth 1869
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Outside-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1897 Burton Wanderers 84 (19)
1897–1898 Southampton 12 (2)
1898–1899 Bristol Rovers 24 (3)
1899–1900 Queens Park Rangers
1900–1901 Swindon Town 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Brown (1869-after 1901) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside-forward for various clubs at the end of the 19th century, including three years in the Football League with Burton Wanderers and a year at Southampton in 1897–98, where he helped win the Southern League championship.

Football career

Brown was born in Liverpool and his professional football career started when he joined Burton Wanderers in July 1894[1] for their first season in the Football League Second Division. Over the next three season, Brown rarely missed a match, making a total of 87 league and FA Cup appearances. At the end of the 1896–97 season, after finishing second last in the League, they were voted out.

In May 1897, Brown was given a trial by Southern League champions Southampton and travelled to Hampshire with Arthur Chadwick of Burton Swifts. Despite being described in the local press as "an average type player",[1] Brown was signed on a professional contract and made his debut at inside-right in a 2–0 defeat at Tottenham on the opening day of the season, 18 September 1897. Brown retained his place for the next match before giving way to Willie Naughton.[2]

Brown returned in January 1898, now playing at outside-right, ousting Jimmy Yates from the side and went on to make a total of twelve league appearances, scoring twice (in consecutive matches in April). Brown also made one FA Cup appearance, when he replaced the injured Joe Farrell in the semi-final replay against Nottingham Forest, when the "Saints" were rather controversially eliminated when goalkeeper George Clawley had his eyes "choked with snow" in a blizzard and conceded two goals in the final minutes of the game.[3]

In the 1898 close-season, Southampton signed Tom Smith and Brown was released. He then had seasons at Bristol Rovers, where he was known by the nickname 'Daddy' Brown, and Queens Park Rangers, before winding up his career at Swindon Town.

Honours

Southampton

References

  1. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 22–23. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ David Bull & Bob Brunskell (2000). Match of the Millennium. Hagiology Publishing. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-9534474-1-3. 

External links

  • Swindon Town profile
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