24 September 2006

Nat Brown

Name: Nathaniel McAuley Brown
Born: 21 October 1867, Limavady
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1887); Co. Londonderry: 3 appearances (1888, 1889, 1890).
Club Honours: (with Limavady) North West Cup Winner 1887, 1888*, 1890, 1891, 1893, Runner-up 1892.
* also North West Cricket Cup Winner

Club Career:
FA Cup
Derry Olympic

Nat Brown was son of the Reverend Nathaniel McAuley Brown of Drumachose Presbyterian Church in Limavady. So as not to be confused with his father, he played under the alias of “McAuley” in 1885-6 and “Joe Brown” in 1888.

A forward, mainly left-wing or centre, Brown was part of the Limavady team which toured England in 1886, and famously defeated Everton 1-0, an appearance which meant they had played at Anfield before Liverpool did!

In 1887 Brown appeared on the left-wing as Ireland suffered a 7-0 defeat by England at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Although that proved his only international appearance, he did represent County Londonderry on three occasions between 1888 and 1890.

With Limavady Brown scored a record five goals in North West Cup Finals. In 1892/93 he played four games for with Derry Olympic, scoring three goals, in their brief Irish League sojourn [see note below]. Olympic proved unsuccessful and unpopular and folded after just six matches with the players returning full-time to their own teams.

In his senior footballing career, Brown scored an estimated 22 competitive goals, including thirteen in the Irish Cup. He also tasted success as a cricketer, being a member of Limavady Cricket Club's North West Senior Cup win in 1888.

Limavady Museum Archive

Ireland Cap Details:

05-02-1887 England A L 0-7 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Note: Derry Olympic was an amalgamation of players from the various County Londonderry teams, formed for the purpose of competing in the Irish League Competition. Local clubs and the players themselves were not enthuastic at this arrangement as their own Club was being deprived of their services. When the Derry Olympic team was entered for the Irish Cup on 05/11/1892, this proved a bridge too far for the local clubs and the team was abandoned after only 6 League matches.

By George Glass

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nathaniel McAuley Brown was the son of a famous Presbyterian minister of the same name.

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