|Full name||Brian Christopher Deane|
|Date of birth||7 February 1968|
|Place of birth||Leeds, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2003–2004||West Ham United||26||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
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.
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.
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 scored a last minute equaliser 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 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.
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. 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.
- As of 9 November 2014
|Sarpsborg 08||21 November 2012||9 November 2014||Tippeligaen||60||18||17||25||81||107||−26||30.00|
|Norwegian Football Cup||8||6||0||2||24||8||+16||75.00|
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