Terry Brown (football manager)

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Terry Brown
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-08-05) 5 August 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Hillingdon, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Hayes
1973–1974 Slough Town 22 (2)
1974 Sutton United 3 (1)
1974–1977 Slough Town 94 (31)
1977–1979 Hayes
1979–? Wokingham Town
Teams managed
1993–2002 Hayes
2002–2007 Aldershot Town
2007–2012 AFC Wimbledon
2013–2015 Margate
2016– Basingstoke Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Terry Brown (born 5 August 1952) is an English football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Basingstoke Town and formerly managed Margate, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town and Hayes.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hillingdon, London, Brown joined Hayes from local football as a 19-year-old and made his debut against Enfield Town in April 1971.[1] He became a regular during the next season, and got a taste for the big occasion as a member of the team which first defeated Football League opposition in Bristol Rovers.[1] He caught the attention of scouts from Fulham and Millwall, and was selected for the FA Amateur XI.[1] Either side of a short spell with Sutton United in 1974,[2] Brown played for Slough Town from 1973 to 1977,[3] before rejoining Hayes, where he stayed until October 1979. In both spells with Hayes he made a total of 148 appearances and scored 45 goals.[1] Brown left for Wokingham Town, where he played well into the 1980s.[3]

Previous to becoming a manager he coached Wokingham Town, for whom he had also played.[3]

Management career[edit]


He was in charge of Hayes for nine years between 1993 and 2002. He had managed to take the Middlesex side from the brink of relegation from the Isthmian League Premier Division to third in the Football Conference, just six points behind champions Cheltenham Town. But with a diminishing budget and his best players sold to make ends meet, Brown saw his side slip into a relegation dogfight. Frustrated, he applied for the Aldershot Town job and was selected for the job ahead of 50 other candidates.

Aldershot Town[edit]

Terry Brown was appointed as Aldershot manager on 25 March 2002, the 10th anniversary of the town's old club Aldershot being wound up in the High Court.

After winning the Hampshire Senior Cup in his first month in charge, he began to assemble what he hoped would be a squad capable of achieving the club promotion in his first full season in charge. The team managed to win the league by a clear 13 points from nearest rivals Canvey Island.

Brown and his part-time players had an impressive first Conference National season, upstaging expectations by qualifying for the end of season play-offs. Aldershot beat favourites Hereford United on penalties before finally succumbing to Shrewsbury Town in the final.

The following season, now armed with a full-time squad, Brown managed to equal the achievements of the previous season by again qualifying for the play-offs – despite playing less fluent football than in the previous campaign.[citation needed] This time, however, luck was not on Brown's side, as his team went down to another penalty shoot out defeat, this time to Carlisle United, despite leading 3–1 at one point in spot kicks.[citation needed]

After two consecutive play-off losses, much was expected of Brown in the 2005–06 season.[citation needed] The eventual 13th-place finish was seen as an underachievement by all and forced Brown to almost completely restructure his entire squad in the summer of 2006.[citation needed]

Brown resigned one day before his fifth anniversary with the club to take care of his wife Susan who has leukaemia. His final match was a 1–0 win against Weymouth on 27 March 2007.

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

On 15 May 2007, Brown was announced as the new manager of AFC Wimbledon,[4] following the resignation of Dave Anderson after the Dons' second successive play-off semi-final defeat in the Isthmian League. He was joined at Wimbledon by Stuart Cash, who had been his assistant at Aldershot, and who joined the Dons directly from Lewes, where he was assistant to Steve King. In his first season, they were promoted to the Conference South after a 2–1 play-off final win against Staines Town.

In the summer of 2008, Brown released eight of the promotion winning side. He said he wanted to build a more youthful side that could compete for promotion out of the Conference South. He led the team to the Conference South title, meaning they won promotion to the Conference National.[5]

During the close season of 2009 'The Terry Brown Story' was produced by Cherry Red Records TV documenting both Terry's playing and managerial career in the form of a candid interview with the man himself.[6]

After their first season in the Conference National Wimbledon finished 8th and in the close season Terry Brown went about rebuilding his squad with a younger fresher look to it. This was because the club had decided to go full-time for the first time in its 8-year history.

On 21 May 2011 led AFC Wimbledon to the Football League for the first time in the club's history, beating Luton Town 4–3 on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the Conference play-off final. Terry Brown led them to safety in their first year in the football league.

Brown was sacked as manager of AFC Wimbledon on 19 September 2012 following a home defeat to Torquay United.


On 12 December 2013, Brown was appointed manager of Isthmian League club Margate.[citation needed]

On 7 December 2015, Brown was sacked as manager of Margate. [7]


On 22 March 2016, Brown was appointed manager of Basingstoke Town. [8]