Steve Brown (footballer, born 1972)

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Steve Brown
Personal information
Full name Steven Byron Brown
Date of birth (1972-05-13) 13 May 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lewes (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2002 Charlton Athletic 242 (9)
2002–2005 Reading 40 (1)
Total 282 (10)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Ebbsfleet United
2015 Lewes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Steven Byron "Steve" Brown (born 13 May 1972) is an English former football player and ex-manager[1] of Lewes.


Born in Brighton, Brown spent his career as a defender for two different clubs. He started his career with Charlton Athletic in 1990, where he was to spend the bulk of his career. His twelve-year spell at Charlton saw the club twice gain promotion to the Premier League, once as champions and the other in their dramatic win over Sunderland in the 1998 play-off final, winning 7-6 on penalties after a 4-4 draw, with Brown scoring one of the penalties. An extremely popular player with supporters, he also acquired the reputation of a versatile player; indeed, he played in goal four times for Charlton without conceding. This memorably happened in the Premier League against Aston Villa when Andy Petterson was sent off.[2] He also captained the side on numerous occasions and played in the team that equalled the league record of 12 straight wins whilst in the First Division (now Championship). He was an integral part of the squad that retained Premier League status in 2001 and he helped Charlton secure their highest-ever finish in the Premier League before his departure in December 2002.[3]

After over twelve years with Charlton, he was signed by former Charlton teammate Alan Pardew for Reading in late 2002.[3] After two-and-a-half years, scoring once against Crystal Palace,[4] he retired from the game with a recurrence of an anterior cruciate ligament injury which had ruptured earlier in his career.

After football

Steve has a loving daughter, Alicia. Brown became a youth coach at Charlton Athletic before moving to West Ham United (by then managed by Pardew) to become reserve-team coach. He ended his role in July 2007 after Alan Pardew's dismissal led to changes in the back room staff.[5] Brown then worked as head of football at Ardingly College whilst attaining his UEFA A Licence and led the school's first XI to the quarter -inals of the national cup. Whilst at Ardingly, Brown scouted for Charlton Athletic and was often heard commentating on the radio for BBC London.

After attaining his UEFA A Licence in 2008, Brown agreed to become the Brighton youth team manager. During his spell at Brighton his team finished second and fifth in the league and progressed through to the fourth and third rounds of the FA Youth Cup. In his two-year spell at Brighton, 11 youth players signed professional contracts, five of which made first-team appearances.

In 2011 Brown became Nicky Forster's assistant at Dover Athletic in the Conference South.

On 3 June 2013, Brown was appointed manager of Ebbsfleet United, succeeding Liam Daish. He appointed former Charlton player Steve Gritt as his assistant.

Brown can still be heard commentating on matches for BBC London, and has recently accepted a post working for Pro Academy Soccer.

On 26 November 2014, Ebbsfleet United announced Brown's departure from the club.[6]

On 4 March 2015, Brown was announced as the new interim manager of Isthmian Premier Division side Lewes until the end of this season.[7] After ensuring the Sussex club's survival from relegation, Brown was appointed Lewes manager on a permanent basis ahead of the 2015–16 season.[8] On 24 September 2015, Brown's resignation was accepted by the Lewes board after a poor start to the season.[1]

Brown currently coaches the 1st team at Lancing College, an independent school in West Sussex. He also runs recreational football sessions there in the off-season.


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  2. ^ "Charlton boost hopes in thriller". BBC. 8 May 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Royals swoop for Brown". BBC Sport. 2002-12-19. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Reading 2-1 C Palace". BBC. 15 March 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "New additions to backroom staff". West Ham United F.C. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  6. ^ Miller, Ed (26 November 2014). "Club statement". The Fleet Online. Ebbsfleet United Football Club. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lewes name former Albion under-18s boss as interim manager". The Argus (Brighton). Newsquest. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lewes announce Management line up for next season". Lewes F.C. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 

External links

  • Steve Brown at Soccerbase
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