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Wes Brown
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Personal information
Full name Wesley Michael Brown
Date of birth 13 October 1979 (1979-10-13) (age 30)
Place of birth Longsight, Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Right back
Centre back
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 6
Youth career
1992–1996 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996– Manchester United 219 (3)
National team
1999– England 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:33, 16 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:33, 01 November 2008 (UTC)

Wesley Michael "Wes" Brown (born 13 October 1979) is an English football player who plays as a defender for Premier League side Manchester United, and the England national team. He regularly plays in the right back and centre back positions.

Having joined the youth team in 1996, Brown has spent his entire career at Manchester United. He made his senior debut in 1998 and became a regular first team player in the 1998–1999 season, in which he was part of the club's Treble winning team. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years he won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and another Champions League. Manager Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is "without question the best natural defender this club has had for years".[2]

Brown earned his first England cap in 1999 and was selected to play at the 2002 World Cup. He played in the 2008 European Championships qualifiers but England failed to progress to the final tournament. He scored his first international goal in 2008 against the Czech Republic.

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Club career

Born in Longsight, Manchester, Brown began his serious football career as a schoolboy playing for the Burnage High School and Fletcher Moss Rangers, a Greater Manchester youth side, and was a former student of the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall, as well as spending time at Manchester United's football Academy, which he joined at the age of 12.[3] Brown showed talent and maturity at an early age, signing full professional terms with boyhood club Manchester United on 4 November 1996 at the age of 17.

Brown went on to success with the reserve and youth sides, winning the FA Youth Cup and a Lancashire Division One medal with the reserves. He also added two Jimmy Murphy (Young Player of the Year) awards to his collection, becoming only the second player to receive the award for a second time (the other being Ryan Giggs).

On 4 May 1998, Brown made his full first team Premiership debut against Leeds United, coming on as a substitute. His breakthrough would occur the next year, the 1998–99 season, where he made several first-team appearances at right-back as well as his more natural position of centre-back. The season could not have gone any better for Brown, as United completed The Treble, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.

Brown suffered the first of what would be a string of injuries while training for the 1999–2000 campaign. As a result, he did not play a single competitive game all season, while United went on to seal their sixth Premier League title in eight seasons.

His strong comeback the following year prompted praise from all corners, with club manager Alex Ferguson making waves by proclaiming Brown to be Manchester United's most talented defender.[2]

Brown after the match against FC Barcelona in April 2008

A fine 2000–01 campaign was followed by another solid year in 2001–02. His reputation grew even greater during the 2002–03 season, but again, his performances were marred by injury. Brown tore a knee ligament on the final day of the season, and did not return until midway through the 2003–04 season. Brown finished the season in good form, notably giving an imperious, man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal. It was after this fine display that Ferguson re-iterated his confidence in Brown's abilities.[4]

Brown was a member of the side that won the FA Cup that year, against Millwall F.C. at Cardiff, and later went on to collect runners-up medals in the 2005 and 2007 Finals.

After nearly three years without scoring a Premier League goal for United, Brown scored on 23 March 2008 against Liverpool, the first in a 3–0 win.[5]

After initially rejecting a new contract offer in December 2007,[6] Brown signed a new five-year contract along with fellow defender Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Michael Carrick in April 2008, which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2013 and ended any transfer speculation.[7] On 4 October 2008, Brown scored only the fourth goal of his Manchester United career when he headed in Wayne Rooney's cross in United's 2–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers. The goal was controversial, however, as Blackburn's players believed that Nemanja Vidić had impeded their goalkeeper, Jason Brown, allowing Brown to head in at the far post.

Brown was ruled out of first team action for around five weeks in November 2008, following an exploratory ankle operation.[8] Brown made his first start in eight months away against Hull on 24 May 2009.

He started the following season, featuring throughout August in the league, but between September and October only appeared in United's Carling Cup campaign, before injury to both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic saw Wes return to Premier League action as he partnered Jonny Evans in central defence against Blackburn, and both men produced an assured and professional display. This was Brown's first Premier League start since the 2-1 victory against Arsenal, at the end of August.

International career

Brown made his debut in 1999 against Hungary and was given a place on the England 2002 FIFA World Cup squad.[2]

Wes Brown performed consistently well in the 2005–2006 season which led to his recall to the England squad for the friendly game against Uruguay. Although he played no part in this fixture he hoped to make it into the final England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but he was not selected.

He was once again recalled to the England squad by coach Steve McClaren, and played in defeat of Andorra in the 2008 European Championships qualifiers on 2 September, partnering John Terry at the heart of the England defence, in place of injured Manchester United team mate Rio Ferdinand. He replaced Terry in a friendly against Brazil on 1 June 2007, however he slipped up with his first touch of the ball, and nearly scored an own goal.

Fabio Capello named him as a starter in both of his first two games in charge of the national team, against Switzerland[9] and France.[10]

Brown scored his first goal in a friendly against Czech Republic on August 20 at Wembley. He stole in front of a defender to head in a David Beckham corner.[11]

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International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 August 2008 London, England  Czech Republic 1–1 2–2 Friendly match

Personal life

Brown is married to Leanne Wassell, with whom he lives in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, with their two daughters, Halle and Lilia. His father, Bancroft Brown, died in February 2008. His half-sister, Claire Fallows,[12][13] died on 19 July 2008 during pregnancy.[14] Brown's younger brother Reece, who has been at the Manchester United Academy since age 9[15], also plays at centre back and is a England U19 international.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[16] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1997–98 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1998–99 14 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 21 0
1999–2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01 28 0 1 0 1 0 11 0 0 0 41 0
2001–02 17 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 24 0
2002–03 22 0 2 0 5 0 6 1 0 0 35 1
2003–04 17 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
2004–05 21 1 6 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 37 1
2005–06 19 0 4 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
2006–07 22 0 6 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 37 0
2007–08 36 1 4 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 52 1
2008–09 8 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 13 1
2009–10 13 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 20 0
Total 219 3 32 0 22 0 62 1 3 0 338 4

Statistics accurate as of match played 16 January 2010[17]

Honours

Club

Manchester United

References

  1. ^ "Wes Brown profile". Sky Sports. http://msnsport.skysports.com/football/player/0,19754,11667_38281,00.html. Retrieved 4 April 2008.  
  2. ^ a b c "Wes Brown, Manchester United". TheFA.com. 1 February 2006. http://www.thefa.com/England/SeniorTeam/Players/Postings/2005/03/WesBrown_ManUtd. Retrieved 20 January 2008.  
  3. ^ "Brown upsets Fergie". Sky Sports. 22 February 2006. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11667_3179882,00.html. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  4. ^ Scott the Red (22 September 2007). "The Best Natural Defender In England". The Republik of Mancunia. http://therepublikofmancunia.com/the-best-natural-defender-in-england/. Retrieved 20 January 2008.  
  5. ^ Bensch, Bob (23 March 2008). "Manchester Utd. Tops Liverpool; Chelsea Beats Arsenal (Update5)". U.K. & Ireland News (Bloomberg). http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aK_Vj7abC734&refer=uk. Retrieved 11 August 2008.  
  6. ^ "Brown snubs final contract offer". BBC Sport. 8 December 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/7134053.stm. Retrieved 15 July 2008.  
  7. ^ "Ferdinand signs new Man Utd deal". BBC Sport. 18 April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/7354524.stm. Retrieved 15 July 2008.  
  8. ^ "Brown & Berbatov out for Man Utd". BBC Sport. 21 November 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/7741501.stm. Retrieved 21 November 2008.  
  9. ^ "England 2–1 Switzerland". BBC Sport. 6 February 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7229823.stm. Retrieved 9 July 2008.  
  10. ^ "France 1–0 England". BBC Sport. 26 March 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7313427.stm. Retrieved 9 July 2008.  
  11. ^ England 2-2 Czech Rep
  12. ^ Also reported as "Amanda" by ManUtd.com
  13. ^ Coppack, Nick; Hibbs, Ben (21 July 2008). "Rio set for first outing". ManUtd.com. http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6614240. Retrieved 21 July 2008.  
  14. ^ "Player returns after sister dies". BBC News. 21 July 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7518016.stm. Retrieved 21 July 2008.  
  15. ^ "United sign up Brown Junior". Manchester Evening News. 28 August 2001. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/30/30806_united_sign_up_brown_junior.html. Retrieved 22 August 2008.  
  16. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  17. ^ Endlar, Andrew. "Wes Brown". StretfordEnd.co.uk. http://www.stretfordend.co.uk/playermenu/brown_wes.html. Retrieved 22 August 2009.  

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Simple English

Wes Brown
Personal information
Full name Wesley Michael Brown
Date of birth 13 October 1979 (1979-10-13) (age 31)
Place of birth    Longsight, Manchester, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 6
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997- Manchester United
National team
1999- England

Wes Brown (born 13 October 1979) is an English football player. He plays for Manchester United and England national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1997/98Manchester UnitedPremier League2000000020
1998/99140201040210
1999/0000-000000
2000/012801010110411
2001/02170000070240
2002/03220205061351
2003/04170600020250
2004/05211603070371
2005/06190405030310
2006/07220602070370
2007/083614010100511
2008/0981001020111
2009/10
CountryEngland 20633101905913154
Total 20633101905913154

International career statistics

[1]

England national team
YearAppsGoals
199910
200010
200120
200220
200310
200400
200520
200610
200740
200871
200910
2010
Total221

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