Laurie Brown (footballer)

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Laurie Brown
Personal information
Full name Laurence Brown
Date of birth 22 August 1937
Place of birth Shildon, England
Date of death 30 September 1998(1998-09-30) (aged 61)
Place of death England
Playing position Striker, Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959 Darlington 3 (0)
000?–1960 Bishop Auckland
1960–1961 Northampton Town 33 (22)
1961–1964 Arsenal 109 (2)
1964–1966 Tottenham Hotspur 62 (3)
1966–1968 Norwich City 81 (2)
1968–1970 Bradford Park Avenue 36 (1)
Teams managed
1968–1969 Bradford Park Avenue (player)
1969–1970 Altrincham
1970–1971 King's Lynn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Laurence ("Laurie") Brown (22 August 1937 – 30 September 1998) was an English former football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Brown played his early career with Darlington, Woking and Bishop Auckland before turning professional after the 1960 Olympics.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Brown played 109 times for Arsenal between 1961 and 1964. In February 1964 he was the subject of a controversial ₤40,000 move to North London rivals Tottenham.[2][3] While Arsenal had used him as a central defender (centre-half), at Tottenham he was played in attack, replacing centre forward Bobby Smith. The gamble did not pay off, and Brown was dropped after nine matches. The following season, he re-appeared at centre half, where he remained until Tottenham bought Mike England to replace him. Soon after, Laurie Brown joined Norwich City.

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Great Britain side at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.[1][4][5]

Later life and death[edit]

Brown died in September 1998.[6]


  1. ^ a b Paul Plunkett (23 April 2012). "London 2012: GB team at 1960 Games united by love of football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Football - Rarely trod path twixt N5 and N17.". The Independent. 27 December 1997. the last Highbury player for whom their rivals paid a fee was Laurie Brown, a ₤40,000 buy in 1965. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Logan (22 February 2014). "Tottenham On This Day: North London Derby, Laurie Brown And The Beatles". Hotspur HQ. Fansided. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Laurence Brown". FIFA. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Laurie Brown". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Laurie Brown dies - Football.". The Times. 2 October 1998. 

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