James Brown (Australian footballer)

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James Brown
Personal information
Full name James Brown
Date of birth (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nunawading City
Number 7
Youth career
Burleigh Heads
2005–2006 QAS
2007–2008 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 AIS 22 (4)
2008–2012 Gold Coast United 38 (9)
2012–2014 Newcastle Jets 28 (0)
2014–2016 Melbourne City 16 (1)
2016 Avondale 5 (0)
2016 Cape Town City 2 (0)
2017– Nunawading City 15 (4)
National team
2005–2007 Australia U-17 7 (2)
2007–2008 Australia U-20 11 (0)
2010–2011 Australia U-23 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2015

James Brown (born 19 February 1990) is an Indigenous Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for NPL Victoria 2 club Nunawading City. At youth level, he played for the Australia national under-23 soccer team He has 82 caps in the A-League with Gold Coast United, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City between 2008 and 2016.

Club career[edit]

From the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), James Brown originally began his football career in the Tweed Heads region of N.S.W. Australia, with Bilambil F.C. and then Kingscliff Soccer Club, before moving on to play for Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. After being scouted by several representative teams, and playing football with the Gold Coast Representative Side and an Australia Selection at the Under 13 National Championships, Brown came through the ranks of the QAS, and was then signed by the AIS in 2007.[1] A terrific start to the Victorian Premier League season in 2007 saw Brown rise through the ranks at the AIS and become a regular starter and key player for them. Brown scored 4 goals in 22 games, playing alongside the likes of Luke De Vere, Kofi Danning, James Holland and Daniel Mullen.[2] As the season came to a close, Brown was found to have developed the Osteitis pubis condition, which has limited his footballing over the past 12 months.[3]

Gold Coast United[edit]

On 9 December 2008 Brown was signed to a three-year deal by Gold Coast United.[4][5][6] On 2 June 2009 Brown broke his right fibula in training, sidelining him for 8 weeks.[7][8] On 13 January 2010 Brown scored his first senior goal in a 2–0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Skilled Park from a beautiful one-two with captain Jason Culina.[9][10] In the 2011 season debut, Brown scored a stunning late equalizer in a 1–1 draw with Wellington Phoenix, the goal was voted goal of the week. In the second game of the season, Brown scored another terrific goal in a 1–1 draw against the Central Coast Mariners. In Round 4, Brown scored in a 3–1 win over the Newcastle Jets. In Round 6, Brown scored a goal from a heavy deflection in a 2–1 away defeat to Adelaide United.[11] Brown was subsequently voted October's young player of the month.[12]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 15 February 2012 it was announced he had signed a two-year contract with A-League club Newcastle Jets starting at the beginning of the 2012–13 A-League season.[13]

Melbourne City[edit]

On 20 May 2014 it was announced that Brown joined Melbourne City alongside two other youth players, Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling. He scored his first goal in the 70th minute against Sydney FC to boost the team's finals hopes[14] On 28 April 2016, Brown was released by Melbourne City.[15]

Avondale[edit]

On 19 May 2016, Brown joined National Premier League club Avondale,[16] but departed the club after a month.[2]

Cape Town City[edit]

In August 2016, Brown joined newly formed South African Premier Division side Cape Town City.[17] Brown parted ways with the club in October 2016, after only 3 appearances.[18]

Nunawading City[edit]

In early 2017, it was announced Brown had signed for NPL Victoria side, Nunawading City FC. Brown scored on debut against the Eastern Lions in Round 1 of the 2017 season.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 February 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australian Institute of Sport 2007 Victorian Premier League 22 4 0 0 0 0 22 4
Gold Coast United 2009–10 A-League 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2010–11 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
2011–12 17 6 0 0 0 0 17 6
Gold Coast total 38 9 0 0 0 0 38 9
Newcastle Jets 2012–13 A-League 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2013–14 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Newcastle total 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
Melbourne City 2014–15 A-League 15 1 1 0 0 0 16 1
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
City total 16 1 1 0 0 0 17 1
Avondale 2016 National Premier Leagues 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Cape Town City 2016–17 South African Premier Division 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Nunawading City 2017 National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 114 15 2 0 0 0 116 15

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Australia

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