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Laurie Brown (footballer)

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Full nameLaurence Brown
Date of birth22 August 1937
Place of birthShildon, England
Date of death30 September 1998(age 61)
Playing positionStriker, Centre half

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

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 22 February 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.


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