Ian Brown (footballer)

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Ian Brown
Personal information
Full name Ian O'Neill Brown
Date of birth (1965-09-11) 11 September 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Ipswich, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Luton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Birmingham City 0 (0)
1985–19?? Felixstowe Town
Harwich & Parkeston
Stowmarket Town
Sudbury Town
Felixstowe Town
Chelmsford City 73 (29)
1992 Sudbury Town (loan)
1993–1995 Bristol City 12 (1)
1994 Colchester United (loan) 4 (1)
1994–1995 Northampton Town 23 (4)
1995–1998 Sudbury Town (87)
1998–1999 Cambridge City (10)
Felixstowe & Walton United
Braintree Town
Witham Town
Clacton Town
Maldon Town
2005–2007 Whitton United 12 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Whitton United
2015–2016 Hadleigh United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian O'Neill Brown (born 11 September 1965) is an English former professional footballer.


A striker, he was a schoolboy at Luton Town before beginning his professional career at Birmingham City, but dropped into non-League after only playing for 10 minutes as a substitute in a Football League Cup match. He played for several clubs in the Eastern Counties League and then Chelmsford City, before returning to the professional game with Bristol City in 1993. After a loan spell at Colchester United and less than a year with Northampton Town, he returned to non-League with Sudbury Town, where he played under former Arsenal player, Richie Powling.

He was later signed by Powling for Cambridge City and Braintree Town,[1] and after a spell at Maldon Town, went on to become a player-coach at Whitton United.[2] After a spell as coach and assistant manager at Ipswich Wanderers,[3] he was appointed manager of Whitton United in 2009.[4] He left the club in 2011, becoming a coach at Hadleigh United, before joining A.F.C. Sudbury as first team coach in November 2012.[5] He later became assistant manager, before leaving the club in 2014.[6] In 2015, he was appointed manager of Hadleigh United, a position he held until resigning in May 2016.[7] He also works as a tutor at Suffolk One College.


  1. ^ Soccer: Brown joins Iron – Bennett leaves Gazette, 22 June 1999
  2. ^ Haverhill Rovers vs Whitton United Haverhill Rovers FC
  3. ^ 1st team Ipswich Wanderers FC
  4. ^ Ridgeons re-united Green 'Un, 4 November 2009
  5. ^ Ian Brown relishing new role at AFC Sudbury Sudbury Mercury, 16 November 2012
  6. ^ Two Young Players Sign On, One Goes AFC Sudbury
  7. ^ THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE: Budget cuts force Hadleigh manager to quit Suffolk Free Press, 30 May 2016