Lee Brown (footballer)

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Lee Brown
Lee Brown 30-04-2016 1.jpg
Brown playing for Bristol Rovers in 2016
Personal information
Full name Lee James Brown[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Farnborough, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number TBA
Youth career
Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Queens Park Rangers 1 (0)
2009 Salisbury City (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 28 (3)
2011–2018 Bristol Rovers 287 (22)
2018– Portsmouth 0 (0)
National team
2014–2015 England C 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Lee James Brown (born 10 August 1990) is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for League One club Portsmouth. He has played for the England C national team.

On 11 June 2018, Portsmouth F.C. announced they had signed Brown on a free transfer. Brown will officially become a Pompey player on a two-year deal after his current contract with Bristol Rovers expires on 1 July 2018.[2]

Career[edit]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Brown worked his way through the youth team of Queens Park Rangers, earning a professional contract in July 2008 having been part of the Football League Youth Alliance winning side the previous season.[3]

He spent the first half of the 2009–10 season on loan at administration-stricken Salisbury City of the Conference National, along with teammate Joe Oastler.[4] He made fourteen appearances for the club, including twelve starts, before returning to Loftus Road before the end of the calendar year. On 24 April 2010 he made his debut in the Football League, replacing Tamás Priskin as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell.[5]

At the end of the season Neil Warnock offered him a new one-year deal, which he duly signed.[6] "Lee Brown has emerged as an exciting prospect from the QPR youth system in recent years and was rewarded with a one-year deal at QPR in 2009. He, along with several youngsters were given the opportunity to train with the first team in the latter part of the 2008–09 season, after impressing in the reserves. The left back played an important role in QPR's pre-season of 2009–10 and was subsequently given his first squad number in light of the lack of full backs at the club. Brown, along with fellow defender Joe Oastler, was loaned out to Conference Premier side Salisbury City. His stay there was curtailed due to Salisbury being unable to renew their loan deals"

In September 2010, Brown joined Hayes & Yeading United on loan, initially for one month[7] before being extended for a second.[8] Brown returned to Church Lane on transfer deadline day in a loan deal until the end of the 2010–11 campaign, snubbing a similar move to League One side Leyton Orient.[9]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Brown was released by QPR following the 2010–11 season[10] and went on to sign a 2-year contract with recently relegated League Two outfit Bristol Rovers.[11] He made his debut in their opening game of the season, live on Sky Sports, against AFC Wimbledon. Rovers won the game 3–2. In his first season at Bristol Rovers he appeared in 42 league games and scored seven goals for Rovers as the club turned around a difficult first half to the season, which resulted in the sacking of manager Paul Buckle who was replaced by Mark McGhee, to finish in a comfortable, albeit disappointing, 13th place.

2012–13 season[edit]

On 18 July 2012, Brown signed an extension to his Bristol Rovers contract to keep him at the Memorial Stadium until the summer of 2014.[12] He was again a regular for Rovers as he made 39 league appearances, scoring three times. For Rovers, the season was again a struggle for the first half, spending two different spells in the relegation zone leading to the dismissal of Mark McGhee. He was replaced by the returning John Ward who successfully guided Rovers to 14th in League Two.

2013–14 season[edit]

Brown's third season at Bristol Rovers started with the club among the pre-season favourites for promotion. The season proved to be a disaster for Rovers as the club was relegated out of the Football League for the first time since joining it in 1920. Brown made 41 appearances, scoring twice.

2014–15 season[edit]

Despite attracting interest from Football League sides, Brown signed a new contract with Rovers.[13] Brown stated "I thought I had to give something back to [the fans]" and that manager Darrell Clarke, who had replaced John Ward toward the end of the previous season and had played alongside Brown at Salisbury City in 2009, "has got to take a lot of credit for me staying". He made his international debut, representing England C in October's 2–0 defeat to Turkey B in Istanbul.[14] Brown achieved promotion to the Football league via a play-off victory in the 2015 Conference Premier play-off Final.

2015–16 season[edit]

Arguably his best season ever as a footballer, Lee Brown played every minute of Rovers' games. He scored 6 goals over the course of the season after opening his tally in a home win against Barnet.[15] On the 14th April, Brown signed a new and improved deal for the club.[16] His last goal of the season proved to be the most important as his 92nd-minute winner on the last game of the season against Dagenham & Redbridge made Rovers a Football League One side once again.[17]

2016-17 season[edit]

Brown scored his first goal of the season in a FA Cup first round tie against Crawley Town striking a superb shot from 35 yards into the bottom left corner.[18]

2017-18 season[edit]

Brown started on the opening day in a 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic.[19] He also played the following Tuesday in a 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Cambridge United in which he got two assists. A 40 yard pass to Billy Bodin for the first goal and a delightful cross to Ellis Harrison for the third goal.[20] Following the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic, it was confirmed that Brown will leave Rovers at the end of the season, having made over 300 appearances for the club, in order to be closer to London. Manager Darrell Clarke confirmed his last game, the forthcoming home fixture with Gillingham, will see Brown made captain for the match.[21]

Portsmouth[edit]

2018-19 season[edit]

On Monday 11 June 2018, Portsmouth F.C. announced they had signed Lee Brown on a two-year deal from Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. He will officially become a Pompey player on 1 July when his current contract with Bristol Rovers expires.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 April 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queens Park Rangers 2009–10[23] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[24] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Salisbury City (loan) 2009–10[23] Conference Premier 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
Hayes & Yeading United 2010–11 Conference Premier 28 3 1 0 0 0 29 3
Total 41 3 2 0 0 0 43 3
Bristol Rovers 2011–12[25] League Two 42 7 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 48 7
2012–13[26] League Two 39 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 42 3
2013–14[27] League Two 41 2 5 0 1 0 1[a] 0 48 2
2014–15[28] Conference Premier 46 2 1 0 3[b] 0 50 2
2015–16[29] League Two 46 6 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 50 6
2016–17[30] League One 41 0 3 1 2 0 2[c] 0 47 1
2017–18[31] League One 32 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
Total 287 21 15 1 9 0 10 0 321 22
Portsmouth 2018–19 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 329 24 17 1 9 0 10 0 365 25
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Conference Premier play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Brown". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/2018/june/brown-signs-for-pompey/
  3. ^ "QPR give six teenagers pro deals". BBC Sport. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "QPR duo to extend Salisbury loans". BBC Sport. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "QPR 1–0 Watford". BBC Sport. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "BROWN & OASTLER PEN DEALS". qpr.co.uk. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hayes & Yeading United sign Lee Brown & Adrian Patulea". BBC Sport. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hayes & Yeading extend loan of QPR's Lee Brown". BBC Sport. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "QPR youngster turned down Leyton Orient for relegation battle". Get West London. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "QPR release eight players 'in a bid to raise funds for Steve Morison bid'". Metro. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lee Brown signs two-year Bristol Rovers deal from QPR". BBC Sport. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bristol Rovers duo Lee Brown and Danny Woodards extend deals". BBC Sport. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lee Brown: Bristol Rovers defender signs new contract". BBC Sport. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "England's Challenge Trophy hopes end in Turkey". Football Association. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "FULL-TIME: Bristol Rovers 3 Barnet 1". Bristol Post. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "NEW DEAL FOR LEE BROWN". Bristol Rovers. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2-1 Dagenham and Redbridge- BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Crawley Town 1 Bristol Rovers 1 MATCH REPORT: Pirates in the hat after FA Cup first-round draw". Bristol Post. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rovers Suffer Opening Day Defeat at Charlton". Bristol Rovers. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Bristol Rovers 4-1 Cambridge United". BBC Sport. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "Lee Brown to Leave at End of Season". Bristol Rovers. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  22. ^ https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/2018/june/brown-signs-for-pompey/
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Lee Brown in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Lee Brown in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 

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