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Born: Hartle­pool, 1977 (Age 38)

Ca­reer: Spot­ted play­ing for his lo­cal side by Man City leg­end Colin Bell, Brown joined the Cit­i­zens’ acad­emy as a teenager and made his de­but in a Premier League game in Au­gust 1995, aged 18. Rel­e­gated in his first cam­paign, he went on to make 93 ap­pear­ances for City and was the club’s player of the year in 199798. Brown made a £400,000 switch to sec­ond-tier Sh­effield United in 1999 and en­joyed the most pro­lific years of his ca­reer, scor­ing 36 goals in 174 games, win­ning a player of the year award and a place in the 2002-03 Di­vi­sion One team of the year be­fore seal­ing a £500,000 move to Premier League Tot­ten­ham in 2004.

De­spite a strong first sea­son at White Hart Lane, Brown was rarely used by Martin Jol and left to join Ful­ham af­ter just 64 ap­pear­ances. Af­ter one full sea­son with the Cot­tagers, Brown joined Wi­gan and was part of the side that recorded the Lat­ics’ high­est-ever fin­ish of 11th in the Premier League in 2008-09. Out of favour un­der Roberto Martinez, he moved to Portsmouth in 2009 and played in the 2010 FA Cup fi­nal de­feat to Chelsea. He even­tu­ally played 57 times for Pom­pey be­fore join­ing Leeds, where he scored three goals in 78 Cham­pi­onship games be­tween 2011 and 2014. Brown moved to Port Vale in the sum­mer of 2014 and has played 42 times for the League One side.

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