Willie Brown (footballer, born 1950)

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Willie Brown
Personal information
Full name William Brown
Date of birth (1950-02-05) 5 February 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1969 Burnley 1 (0)
1969–1970 Carlisle United 19 (8)
1969 Barrow (loan) 6 (1)
1970–1974 Newport County 168 (50)
1974 Hereford United (loan) 9 (6)
1974–1975 Brentford 16 (9)
1975–1978 Torquay United 139 (47)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Willie" Brown (born 5 February 1950 in Falkirk) is a former Scottish professional football forward.

Willie Brown began his career as a junior at Burnley, turning professional in February 1967. His only league appearance for the Clarets came as a substitute for Dave Thomas in the 2–3 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on 24 August 1968. In July 1969, he moved to Carlisle United on a free transfer, but was sent on loan to Barrow in September 1969, scoring once in 6 league games. He returned to Carlisle, scoring 8 goals in 19 league games that season, before leaving for Newport County in August 1970 for a fee of £1,500.

He fitted into the Newport side and became a regular goalscorer, scoring 50 goals in 168 league appearances. Towards the end of the 1973–74 season, Brown found himself out of favour at Newport, joining Hereford United on loan in March 1974, scoring 6 goals in only 9 league games for the Bulls.

In November 1974 he joined Brentford for a fee of £4,000, and although he scored 9 times in 16 league games he failed to settle in London and joined Torquay United in March 1975 for a fee of £5,000. His regular goalscoring soon made him a crowd favourite at Plainmoor, Brown scoring 47 goals in 139 league games before leaving league football in 1978. He was later commercial manager at Western League side Minehead, and owned a newsagents in Minehead.

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