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Grant Brown

Personal information
Full nameGrant Ashley Brown
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionCentral defender
Club information
Current clubLincoln City (Head of Youth)

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Grant Ashley Brown (born 19 November 1969 in Sunderland, England) is an English former footballer. He is presently Head of Youth at Lincoln City.

After beginning his professional career with Leicester City in 1988, he made 14 appearances for the Foxes before then Lincoln City manager Colin Murphy persuaded him to join the team at Sincil Bank.

Between 1989 and 2002, Grant went onto to make a club record 407 league appearances for The Imps, scoring 15 goals. With Lincoln heading into administration, cost-cutting measures saw Brown join four other experienced first-team players in being released at the culmination of the 2001-2002 season. In July 2002, Brown agreed a one year contract to join Telford United. He spent a season with Telford before spending a further two seasons with Alfreton Town.

In July 2005, Grant agreed a deal to join Worksop Town for the 2005-2006 season. However, in August 2005 he was appointed Youth Team Coach at Lincoln City, a role which was incompatible with the training requirements at Worksop and so Brown was allowed to cancel his agreement with Worksop and sign instead for Grantham Town. He would spend a season with Grantham before the increasing commitments at Lincoln City bought his playing career to an end at the age of 36.

When John Schofield and John Deehan were sacked by Lincoln City on 15 October 2007 following a disappointing start to the 2007-2008 season culminating in a 4-0 defeat away to Paul Ince's league leaders, MK Dons, Brown was appointed caretaker manager until the appointment of Peter Jackson. Following Jackson's appointment, Brown remained a presence on the bench at first-team matches and, when Jackson underwent treatment for throat cancer, Brown assisted Lincoln's temporary manager Iffy Onuora. In the 2008-09 season, Brown reverted back to his role with the youth team with Simon Clark moving into a first team coaching role. In July 2009, Brown was promoted to Assistant Head of Youth at the club and in June 2010 succeeded Tom Spall as the Head of Youth, agreeing a two-year contract with the club.

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