Brian Deane

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Brian Deane
Personal information
Full name Brian Christopher Deane
Date of birth (1968-02-07) 7 February 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Doncaster Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Doncaster Rovers 66 (12)
1988–1993 Sheffield United 198 (83)
1993–1997 Leeds United 138 (32)
1997–1998 Sheffield United 24 (11)
1998 Benfica 18 (7)
1998–2001 Middlesbrough 87 (18)
2001–2003 Leicester City 52 (19)
2003–2004 West Ham United 26 (6)
2004–2005 Leeds United 31 (6)
2005 Sunderland 4 (0)
2005 Perth Glory 7 (1)
2005–2006 Sheffield United 2 (0)
Total 653 (195)
National team
1991 England B 3 (0)
1991–1992 England 3 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Sarpsborg 08
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Brian Christopher Deane (born 7 February 1968 in Leeds) is an English football coach and former player whose most recent position was as the manager of the Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08.

During his playing career, he played as forward from 1985 until 2006. He was the scorer of the first ever goal in the FA Premier League in 1992, when he was a Sheffield United player. Deane also played in the Premier League for Leeds United and Middlesbrough as well as playing top-flight football in Portugal and Australia for Benfica and Perth Glory respectively. He also played in The Football League for Doncaster Rovers, Leicester City, West Ham United and Sunderland before finishing his playing career in 2006 with a brief spell back at Sheffield United. Deane was capped three times by England.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Signed for £25,000 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. On 16 January 1993, Deane scored a hat-trick against Ipswich Town in a 3–0 victory.[1]

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 had first been linked with a move to Elland Road 18 months previously.[2]

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 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.[3] He then moved to West Ham United. Here he scored a last minute equaliser against Wigan Athletic on the final day of the 2003–2004 season.[4] 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.[5]

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.

International career[edit]

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.

Managerial career[edit]

It was announced on 21 November 2012 that Deane had been appointed as head coach of newly promoted Norwegian top-flight team, Sarpsborg 08 FF.[6] They finished third from bottom in his first season, avoiding relegation after beating Ranheim in play-offs. In his second season the club finished the league campaign in mid-table and were semi-finalists in the Norwegian Football Cup.[7]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 9 November 2014
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Sarpsborg 08 21 November 2012 9 November 2014 Tippeligaen 60 18 17 25 81 107 −26 30.00
Tippeligaen play-offs 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.000
Norwegian Football Cup 8 6 0 2 24 8 +16 75.00
Total 70 26 17 27 108 115 −7 37.14
Career totals League 60 18 17 25 81 107 −26 30.00
Play-offs 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.000
Cup 8 6 0 2 24 8 +16 75.00
Total 70 26 17 27 108 115 −7 37.14

Personal life[edit]

Deane is a Sports Consultant for Blacks Solicitors LLP in Leeds. His nephew, Simon McIntyre, plays rugby union for Wasps RFC.


  1. ^ Andrews, Phil (17 January 1993). "Deane gets about Town". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Leicester 2–0 Watford". BBC. 10 August 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wigan 1–1 West Ham". BBC. 9 May 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Leeds 6–1 QPR". BBC. 20 November 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Deane heads for Norway Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine..
  7. ^ Lewis, Tim (14 December 2014). "Why are there so few black football managers?". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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