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 36)[1]
Place of birth Bermondsey, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Air Force Central (manager)
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)
2010Leeds United (loan) 4 (0)
2010Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
2011Cardiff 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)
Teams managed
2018– Air Force Central
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:03, 14 June 2018 (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 where he made over 100 appearances, before joining up with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2006. He was capped 3 times for Wales after making his debut in 2006. He now manages Air Force Central in Thailand.

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. During this season the side conceded just four goals during their campaign, with him featuring alongside Anwar Uddin and Terrell Forbes. His performances attracted the attention of several London based clubs, including Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. He eventually signed for Charlton Athletic after two of his friends also joined up with the club. Brown struggled as an apprentice during his first season at The Valley, suffering home sickness and later rupturing his hamstring. This injury kept him out of the team for several months but he was able to return to action the following year after training alongside first team goalkeeper Mike Salmon.[2]

In his second year at the club he was more successful, as he became a regular in the club's academy teams and with the first team he trained one-on-one with new signing Dean Kiely. Charlton coach Gary Stevens later told Brown that "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. As so he entered into talks with club manager Alan Curbishley who believed that he wouldn't continually improve as a player and thus offered to help him find a new club.[2] Concerned about his footballing future, Brown looked for jobs elsewhere. After being recommended by Dean Kiely to Sheffield United's assistant manager Kevin Blackwell, Brown earned a trial at Bramall Lane. With the club he then featured in a friendly game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Brown eventually wasn't offered a contract as Warnock was looking for a more experienced alternative 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. During the trial he played in seven youth fixtures and one reserve match for the club and was eventually handed a two and a half year contract at the Priestfield Stadium.[3] After regularly appearing upon the bench, Brown was handed his senior debut on 5 March 2002, where he played 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 as Gillingham's player of the year for his performances during the 2005–06 season.[5]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

The following month, Brown signed for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal.[6]

On 11 September 2010, Brown signed for Leeds United on an initial one-month loan after an injury to Kasper Schmeichel.[7] He made his Leeds debut as a substitute against Ipswich Town on 2 October after Shane Higgs got injured.[8] After such Brown's loan was extended by another month. On 5 October, Brown revealed an interest in joining Leeds on a permanent basis.[9][10] Brown made his first start for Leeds against Middlesbrough.[11] His loan came to an end on 15 November.[12]

On 19 November 2010, Brown signed for Leyton Orient on a one-month loan.[13] On 23 November 2010 he saved an Aaron McLean penalty to help his side secure a 2-2 draw at Peterborough United.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

Aberdeen[edit]

On 20 July 2011, Brown joined Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen on a free transfer .[17][18]

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.[19] On 29 January 2013, Brown was released by Aberdeen.[20]

Later career[edit]

Brown joined Ipswich Town on a short-term deal on 28 March 2013.[21] After this, and a short spell with Cambridge United, he next played for Sutton United.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] However, he left the club soon after to assume the role of a goalkeeping coach at Arsenal Ladies.[27] This was followed by a move to Air Force Central as goalkeeping coach. He became caretaker manager in June 2018, after the resignation of Andrew Ord.[28] The appointment was made permanent shortly afterwards, with Brown signing a contract until 2019.[29] He had previously worked as a goalkeeping coach with the Bangladesh and Vietnam national teams.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2003, Brown married his girlfriend Amera.[3] He has two children.[32]

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[33] First Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2002–03[34] First Division 39 0 3 0 2 0 44 0
2003–04[35] First Division 22 0 0 0 3 0 25 0
2004–05[36] Championship 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
2005–06[37] 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[38] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[39] Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
2009–10[40] 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[41] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2010–11[41] League One 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Aberdeen 2011–12[42] Scottish Premier League 20 0 5 0 1 0 26 0
2012–13[43] Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 0 5 0 1 0 28 0
Cambridge United 2013–14[44] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
Sutton United 2013–14[44] Conference South 21 0 0 0 2[b] 0 23 0
Dartford 2014–15[45] Conference Premier 30 0 3 0 3[a] 0 36 0
Sutton United 2015–16[46] 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.[47]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2006 2 0
2012 1 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

  • Gillingham FC Player of the Year: 2006[5]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Peterborough 2 - 2 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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  16. ^ "Cardiff City extend Jason Brown's loan from Blackburn". BBC Sport. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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  28. ^ "Ord quits as coach of Air Force Central". Bangkok Post. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
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  32. ^ "Jason Brown says players are sick of unions not doing enough to fight racism". Sky Sports. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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  45. ^ "Games played by Jason Brown in 2014/2015". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
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