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Michael Brown
Michael Brown - Wigan Athletic.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michael Robert Brown
Date of birth 25 January 1977 (1977-01-25) (age 33)
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Portsmouth
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Manchester City 92 (2)
1997 Hartlepool United (loan) 6 (1)
1999 Portsmouth (loan) 4 (0)
1999–2000 Sheffield United (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2004 Sheffield United 147 (28)
2004–2006 Tottenham Hotspur 50 (2)
2006–2007 Fulham 41 (0)
2007–2009 Wigan Athletic 58 (0)
2009– Portsmouth 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:25, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Robert Brown (born 25 January 1977 in Hartlepool) is a professional footballer who plays in a midfield position for Portsmouth in the Premier League.



Brown was a product of the Manchester City youth scheme[1] before signing professionally for the club. He had two loan spells at Hartlepool United and Portsmouth before signing for Sheffield United where he scored 24 midfield goals in the 2002-03 season and won the 'Player of the Year' award. He achieved cult status with the fans there, and had his own chant of "Oh Lord Michael Brown". He is affectionately known by the name "Brown-eye".

He was bought from United by David Pleat for Spurs and proved a highly dependable if unspectacular stalwart contributing 46 appearances and three goals up until the end of the 2004-05 season. Two of these goals came in the league against Leicester[2] and Norwich.[3] He also scored in Tottenham's extra time victory over Bolton in the League Cup.[4] Although well appreciated by fans for his hard work and honest contribution, the strengthening of the Spurs midfield under Martin Jol threatened Brown's position in the team. On 31 January 2006 he left Spurs to join Fulham.

His time at Fulham got off to a slow start, plagued with injury, but just before the end of 2006, he was handed the captain's armband, a move that many saw as a surprise and wrong decision, but in his debut as captain he delivered a man of the match performance, winning the Fulham fans over. This was followed by a great performance against arch-rivals Chelsea.

He began to play more and more often following his improved performances and never-say-die attitude, and retained captaincy up until the end of the 2006-2007 season. However, Lawrie Sanchez was brought in after the departure of Chris Coleman, and in the close season, he signed many new players, including Diomansy Kamara, David Healy, Chris Baird, Paul Konchesky, Aaron Hughes, and new midfielders Lee Cook and Steven Davis. His place in the side was no longer just a formality and was made surplus to requirements. After lengthy rumours and eventually negotiations, Brown signed for Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal on 31 July 2007.[5] On the 28th August 2009, he joined fellow Premier League side Portsmouth for a nominal fee.


Brown was heavily featured in the Battle of Bramall Lane, a game where several Sheffield United players were sent off. He then left the field, apparently injured, in a move that raised suspicions of a deliberate attempt to get the match abandoned. This duly occurred when a second Sheffield United player left the pitch injured.

Brown was sent off after a two-footed challenge on Portsmouth midfielder, and former team mate, Sean Davis during a match between Fulham and Pompey on 1 April 2006. It was later revealed by Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp that the two players did not see "eye-to-eye" together from their time at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United fans were incensed, after an intentional two-footed foul on Ryan Giggs in their 5-1 victory over Fulham on 20 August 2006. Brown received a yellow card for this. The normally unflappable Giggs then sought retribution, bundling Brown over from behind and getting himself booked, but drawing huge applause from the crowd.

Brown was once again in controversy after he stamped on Chelsea player Ashley Cole on 23 September 2006 during Fulham's match against them. This time, however, the tackle went unpunished by the referee.

In the penultimate game of the season against Liverpool on 5 May 2007, he head-butted Xabi Alonso. The referee did not see the incident and took no action. At a Disciplinary Commission hearing on 10 May 2007, Brown received a 3 match ban relating to this incident. He denied violent conduct but the Commission found the charge to be proved.


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Preceded by
Shaun Murphy
Sheffield United Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Paddy Kenny


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