Jason Brown (footballer)

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Jason Brown
Jason Brown goalkeeper coach Arsenal Ladies Vs Notts County (20054335525) (cropped).jpg
Brown coaching Arsenal Ladies in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jason Roy Brown[1]
Date of birth (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Bermondsey, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Gillingham (goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
0000–1997 Fisher Athletic
1997–1998 Sydenham
1998–2000 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2001–2006 Gillingham 126 (0)
2006–2011 Blackburn Rovers 9 (0)
2010 Leeds United (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Cardiff City (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2013 Aberdeen 22 (0)
2013 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2013–2014 Cambridge United 0 (0)
2014 Sutton United 21 (0)
2014–2015 Dartford 30 (0)
2015 Sutton United 0 (0)
Total 215 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Wales U21 7 (0)
2006–2012 Wales 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:07, 4 March 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:38, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Jason Roy Brown (born 18 May 1982) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He began his career at Gillingham, making over 100 appearances for the club, before joining Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2006. During his career, he was capped 3 times for Wales after making his debut in 2006.

Early life[edit]

Born in Bermondsey in Southwark, England, Brown attended Riverside Primary School and Deptford Green School as a youngster.[2]

Club career[edit]

Charlton Athleic[edit]

Brown began his career playing youth football as a defender for Fisher Athletic before converting to a goalkeeper at the age of 14. He later played one season for Sydenham, winning a local league and cup double in a side that conceded just four goals during their campaign, alongside Anwar Uddin and Terrell Forbes. His performances attracted the attention of several London based clubs, including Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, before signing for Charlton Athletic after two of his friends also joined the club. Brown struggled during his first season as an apprentice at The Valley, suffering home sickness and later rupturing his hamstring which kept him out for several months but was able to return to action the following year after working alongside first team goalkeeper Mike Salmon.[2]

His second year at the club was more successful, becoming a regular in the youth sides at the club and training one-on-one with new signing Dean Kiely. Charlton coach Gary Stevens later told Brown "a year ago you were a waste of space, but you’ve come on and proved a lot of people wrong”.[2] At the end of his apprenticeship, Brown was offered a one-year professional contract with Addicks for the 2000–01 season.[2] However, he struggled to make an impact on the squad with four other senior goalkeepers in the team and discussed his future with manager Alan Curbishley who stated that he did not believe that Brown would develop if he remained at the club and offered to help him find a new club.[2] Concerned about his future in professional football, Brown filled in an application form for a job cleaning bus shelters but, following a recommendation to Sheffield United assistant manager Kevin Blackwell by Dean Kiely, Brown was offered a trial at Bramall Lane, playing in a friendly match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, he was not offered a contract as Warnock was looking for a more experienced back-up to first choice goalkeeper Simon Tracey.[3]

Gillingham[edit]

After being rejected by Sheffield United, Brown was invited to a trial by Gillingham chief scout, Bernie Dillon. He played in seven youth fixtures and one reserve match for the club during the trial and was eventually handed a two and a half year contract at the Priestfield Stadium.[3] After appearing on the bench on several occasions, Brown was handed his senior debut on 5 March 2002, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 victory over Grimsby Town.[4] His performance in the following match, a 0–0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, saw him named in the Division One team of the week.[3] Brown was voted the fans' player of the year for his performances during the 2005–06 season. The following month, Brown signed for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal.[5]

On 11 September 2010, Brown signed for Leeds United on an initial one-month loan after an injury to Kasper Schmeichel,[6] and made his Leeds debut as a substitute against Ipswich Town on 2 October after Shane Higgs was injured,[7] after which Brown's loan was extended by a further month, until 13 November. On 5 October, Brown revealed an interest in joining Leeds on a permanent basis.[8][9] Brown made his first start for Leeds against Middlesbrough.[10] His loan came to an end on 15 November.[11]

On 19 November 2010, Brown signed for Leyton Orient on a one-month loan.[12] On 23 November 2010 he saved an Aaron McLean penalty to help his side secure a 2-2 draw at Peterborough United.[13] On 3 March 2011, he joined Championship side Cardiff City on an emergency loan deal, after injuries to Cardiff's goalkeepers David Marshall and Tom Heaton.[14] The following day, Stephen Bywater also joined on loan, and kept Brown out of the side, but despite not making an appearance during his initial spell, Cardiff decided to extend his loan until the end of the season.[15]

On 20 July 2011, Brown joined Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen on a free transfer .[16][17]

Mid-way through the season first-choice goalkeeper David Gonzalez began to fall out of favour with manager Craig Brown, and with Jamie Langfield still recovering from a seizure suffered in the previous season, Brown was handed the starting position on a regular basis. He went on to make a further 24 appearances in the 2011–12 season. In a Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Motherwell, he saved a Michael Higdon penalty as the Dons won 2–1. On 29 January 2013, Brown was released by Aberdeen.[18]

Brown joined Ipswich Town on a short-term deal on 28 March 2013.[19] After this, and a short spell with Cambridge United, he next played for Sutton United.[20] However, he left the club following their playoff semi-final exit at the hands of Dover Athletic.

On 23 June 2014, Brown signed for Conference Premier side Dartford.[21] Brown left Dartford on 28 April 2015 following the end of the 2014–15 season and re-signed for Sutton United. Brown retired from football at the age of 33 in the summer of 2015.

International career[edit]

Born in England, Brown qualified to play for Wales due to a Welsh-born grandmother.[3] Having represented the under-21 side, he was named in the Wales team for a friendly against a Basque XI on 20 May, although he ended up pulling out of the match due to the birth of his first child.

Brown made his senior Welsh debut in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on 27 May 2006, in a 2–1 victory for Wales.[22] He gained his second cap later on in the year, when Wales took on European minnows Liechtenstein. He kept his first clean sheet, in a 4–0 victory. He suffered his first defeat in a Welsh shirt in May 2012, in Chris Coleman's first game in charge as Wales manager. The game ended in a 2–0 defeat against Mexico with goals from Aldo de Nigris either side of half-time.[23]

Coaching career[edit]

Brown retired from playing at the end of the 2014–15 season to take up the goalkeeping coach position at former club Gillingham in the summer of 2015.[24] However, he left the club soon after to take up a goalkeeper coach role at Arsenal Ladies.[25]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2003, Brown married his girlfriend Amera.[3] He has two children.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 October 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gillingham 2001–02[27] First Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2002–03[28] First Division 39 0 3 0 2 0 44 0
2003–04[29] First Division 22 0 0 0 3 0 25 0
2004–05[30] Championship 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
2005–06[31] League One 39 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 41 0
Total 126 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 137 0
Blackburn Rovers 2006–07[32] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[33] Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
2009–10[34] Premier League 4 0 1 0 3 0 8 0
Total 9 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 16 0
Leeds United (loan) 2010–11[35] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2010–11[35] League One 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Aberdeen 2011–12[36] Scottish Premier League 20 0 5 0 1 0 26 0
2012–13[37] Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 0 5 0 1 0 28 0
Cambridge United 2013–14[38] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
Sutton United 2013–14[38] Conference South 21 0 0 0 2[b] 0 23 0
Dartford 2014–15[39] Conference Premier 30 0 3 0 3[a] 0 36 0
Sutton United 2015–16[40] Conference South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 215 0 15 0 14 0 7 0 251 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Conference South play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 20 October 2015.[41]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2006 2 0
2012 1 0
Total 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 64. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Growing Up". Jason Brown - Official Player Websites. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Life as a professional". Jason Brown - Official Player Websites. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gillingham 2–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 5 March 2002. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gills keeper seals Blackburn move". BBC News. 26 June 2006. 
  6. ^ http://www.leedsunited.com/news/20100911/kasper-out-as-brown-joins-on-loan_2247585_2150560 Brown joins Leeds United on Loan
  7. ^ Leeds United Football Club | News | News | News | 10-MAN UNITED GO DOWN AT IPSWICH
  8. ^ Leeds United Football Club | News | News | News | LOANS EXTENDED FOR DUO
  9. ^ "Brown open to Leeds stay". Sky Sports. 
  10. ^ Leeds United Football Club | News | News | News | BECCHIO SEALS BATTLING WIN AT BORO
  11. ^ Leeds United Football Club | News | News | News | DUO'S LOAN DEALS COME TO AN END
  12. ^ http://msnsport.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11676_6514918,00.html Brown joins Leyton Orient on Loan
  13. ^ "Peterborough 2 - 2 Leyton Orient". BBC. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Blackburn keeper Jason Brown completes Cardiff loan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cardiff City extend Jason Brown's loan from Blackburn". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Dons sign new keeper". Aberdeen Football Club. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Aberdeen sign goalkeeper Jason Brown". BBC Sport. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Goalkeeper Jason Brown makes Aberdeen exit". BBC Sport. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Watson, Stuart (28 March 2013). "Ex-Blackburn keeper Jason Brown joins Ipswich Town on a short-term deal". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "First Team". Sutton United F.C. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jason Brown: Dartford sign Wales goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Wales 2–1 Trinidad & Tobago". BBC Sport. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  23. ^ Mexico 2–0 Wales match report from bbc.co.uk
  24. ^ http://www.gillinghamfootballclub.com/news/article/jason-brown-confirmed-as-gillingham-fcs-new-goalkeeping-coach-2528997.aspx
  25. ^ "Gillingham goalkeeping coach Jason Brown leaves Priestfield". Kent News. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Jason Brown says players are sick of unions not doing enough to fight racism". Sky Sports. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Jason Brown in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Jason Brown in 2013/2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2014/2015". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  40. ^ Cite error: The named reference Games_played_by_Jason_Brown_in_2015.2F2016 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  41. ^ "Jason Brown". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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