MICHAEL BROWN FACTFILE
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.