5 August 2006

Jackie Brown

Dual international winger Jackie Brown...

Name: John Brown
Born: 8 November 1914, Belfast
Died: Belfast
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 11.04 st
Position: Winger

Representative Honours: (Northern) Ireland: 10 Full Caps/1 Goal (1935-1939). Eire: 2 Full Caps/1 Goal (1937); Irish League: 2 Caps/1 Goal (1934).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
William Ewart & Son
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-
-
-
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Belfast Celtic
33/34-34/35
1933
-
-
-
-
Wolverhampton.W.
34/35-36/37
Dec-34
-
27/ 6
4/1
-
Coventry City
36/37-38/39
Oct-36
£3,000
69/26
4/3
-
Birmingham City
38/39-39/40
Sep-38
-
34/ 6
4/1
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Barry Town
-
-
-
(Southern League)
Ipswich Town
48/49-50/51
May-48
-
98/25
5/2
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TOTALS
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£-
228/63
17/7
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Biography:
Jackie Brown was spotted by Belfast Celtic playing for his works team whilst serving an as an apprentice in the linen trade. At Celtic he represented the Irish League, scoring in a 6-1 defeat by England in 1934. A prolific goalscorer from the wing, Brown moved to Wolves, along with club-mate "Boy" Martin, shortly after his 20th birthday. Within three months Brown had won his first cap for Ireland against England in February 1935, and despite never really settling at Molineux, remained a regular in the Irish line-up until the start of World War Two.

A £3,000 move to Coventry City early in the 1936/37 saw Brown play regular first-team football, and also win two caps for the FAI team in May 1937 – against Switzerland and France, in the latter game he scored with an impressive volley in a 2-0 win. Quite a character, he was sold to Birmingham in September 1938 following an "unfortunate incident" in a Coventry ballroom. His direct wing-play couldn't help the Blues avoid relegation and the Second World War seemed to have ended his League career, and when football resumed he was playing for non-League club Barry Town.

Surprisingly in May 1948 Division Three (South) side Ipswich Town gave the 33-year-old Brown a final chance in League football. He made his Ipswich debut away to Bristol Rovers on 21st August 1948, and he starred for the Suffolk side for three seasons. Brown made his final League appearance against Bristol City on the 5th May 1951 and retired due to injury that June having played 106 competitive games for Ipswich, scoring 27 goals.

With his playing days behind him Brown returned to Belfast. He worked as a labourer at the Harland & Wolff shipyard but died a relatively young man.

IrishTimes Article

Ireland Cap Details:
06-02-1935 England. A L 1-2 BC
27-03-1935 Wales... A L 1-3 BC
19-10-1935 England. H L 1-3 BC 1 goal
18-11-1936 England. A L 1-3 BC
17-03-1937 Wales... A L 1-4 BC
10-11-1937 Scotland A D 1-1 BC
16-03-1938 Wales... H W 1-0 BC
08-10-1938 Scotland H L 0-2 BC
16-11-1938 England. A L 0-7 BC
15-03-1939 Wales... A L 1-3 BC

Summary: 10/1. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 8.

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