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Brian Deane

Personal information
Full nameBrian Christopher Deane
Place of birthLeeds, England
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Brian Christopher Deane (born 7 February 1968 in Leeds, Yorkshire) is an English former footballer.

Signed for £40,000 from Doncaster Rovers in the close season of 1988, Deane first played and scored for Sheffield United in an 8 1 victory against Skegness Town. His first league goal came in the Third Division in the opening game of the season against Reading but his hero status did not really start until 17 September, when both he and Tony Agana hit hat-tricks in a 6 1 victory over Chester City. It was the first double hat-trick by a United player since Harry Johnson and Arthur Mercer helped the Blades to their record 11 2 victory over Cardiff City on 1 January 1926.

Deane scored the first goal in the FA Premier League for Sheffield United against Manchester United after 5 minutes on 15 August 1992. In the same game he scored a second after 50 minutes from the penalty spot as Sheffield United went on to win 2 1.

Deane won 3 caps for England whilst with Sheffield United in the early 1990s. His England debut was as a half-time substitute in a tour match against New Zealand at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on 3 June 1991. His other England caps were against New Zealand at Athletic Park on 8 June 1991, and against Spain at Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Cantabria on 9 September 1992.

He left Sheffield United for Leeds United for £2.9million in June 1993 a record signing for Leeds and a record sale for the Blades.

He later re-signed for the Blades, though left in a shock move that saw him transferred to Benfica and fellow striker Jan Åge Fjørtoft transferred to Barnsley F.C. on the same day.

Deane then moved to Benfica, where he played under the leadership of Graeme Souness. In his 18 matches played with Benfica, Deane managed to score 7 times. He later returned to England to play for Middlesbrough, costing the club 3 times as much as he had cost Benfica one year earlier.

In 2001 he joined Leicester City, where he scored the first competitive goal at the Walkers Stadium, scoring both goals in a 2 0 victory over Watford. He then moved to West Ham United. Here he score a last minute equalizer against Wigan Athletic on the final day of the 2003 2004 season. This goal sent Crystal Palace to the division one play-offs who ironically beat West Ham in the final. When Deane was brought on as a substitute in the match he received a standing ovation by both sets of fans. After the play-off final he ended up returning for a second spell at Leeds. He struggled to make an impact in his second period at the club but memorably scored four goals in a 6 1 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers in November 2004.

After a short spell at Sunderland, he signed for Perth Glory in the Australian A-League. He left mid-season after failing to make an impact and sustaining a long-term injury, scoring once in seven appearances. He stated that he did not want to prevent Perth Glory from signing another striker due to salary cap and squad size restrictions imposed by the league. After leaving Perth Glory, Deane re-signed for the third time at Sheffield United making him the only player Sheffield United have signed three times. In December 2005 he made two substitute appearances before retiring at the beginning of the 2006 07 season. Deane is a Sports Consultant for Blacks Solicitors LLP in Leeds.

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