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Laurie Brown
Personal information
Full name Laurence Brown
Date of birth August 22, 1937
Place of birth    Shildon, England
Date of death    September 30, 1998 (aged 61)
Place of death    England
Playing position Striker, Centre half
Club information
Current club Retired
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1959
19??-19??
19??-1960
1960-1961
1961-1964
1964-1966
1966-1968
1968-1970
Darlington
Woking
Bishop Auckland
Northampton Town
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City
Bradford Park Avenue
003 0(0)


033 (22)
109 0(2)
062 0(3)
081 0(2)
036 0(1)   
Teams managed
1968-1969
1969-1970
1970-1971
19??-19??
Bradford Park Avenue (player)
Altrincham
King's Lynn
Stockton

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Laurence ("Laurie") Brown (August 22, 1937 – September 30, 1998) was an English former football player and manager. He is the father of field hockey international Karen Brown. [1]

Brown was born in Shildon, County Durham and started his career at non-league side Bishop Auckland and then Woking. He also made three appearances as an amateur for Darlington at the end of the 1958-59 season. He performed well enough to be picked for the England amateur team, and the Great Britain side at the 1960 Olympics in Rome; the British team failed to progress to the knockout stage and came eighth overall.

On his return to England he turned professional and signed for Northampton Town, and was the club's scorer in 1960-61 as they were promoted to the Third Division. However, he had been switched from centre-forward into central defence, and from then on flourished in that position. In August 1961 he was signed by First Division Arsenal, and immediately became a first-team regular in the Arsenal side.

Brown amassed 109 appearances for the Gunners in two-and-a-half seasons, scoring two goals. At the time, Arsenal were the less successful of the two north London sides, and Brown made the surprising move up the Seven Sisters Road to Arsenal's deadly rivals, Tottenham Hotspur in February 1964, for a fee of £40,000. Brown became one of the few players to play for both clubs, and by sheer coincidence, his first match for Spurs, on February 22, 1964, was against his old club Arsenal; Brown nearly scored in a 3-1 Spurs win.

Brown was relatively disappointing at Spurs, though he still made 62 League appearances over two seasons. In 1966 he was sold to Norwich City, and spent two seasons there before finishing his career at Bradford Park Avenue, where he became the club's player-manager, but presided over the club's relegation from the Football League. He joined Altrincham as player-manager in August 1969, resigning in September 1970.

He later had spells as manager of King's Lynn and Stockton.

References

  1. ^ Karen Brown biography Retrieved 18 November, 2009
  • sports-reference
  • Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.) (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.  
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