Darren Brown (rugby league)

Darren Brown (born 29 April 1969) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Penrith Panthers. Brown also played for Trafford Borough in England and for the Salford City Reds in the Super League. He spent most of his career as a lock or second rower, but could also play in the backline.

Darren Brown
Personal information
Born (1969-04-29) 29 April 1969 (age 51)
Playing information
PositionLock, Second-row, Centre, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–90 South Sydney 35 6 1 0 26
1991 Canterbury Bulldogs 9 4 3 0 22
1992–93 South Sydney 35 12 0 0 48
1994 Western Suburbs 3 0 0 0 0
1994–98 Penrith Panthers 65 11 0 0 44
1999–01 Salford City Reds 61 12 12 0 72
Total 208 45 16 0 212
Source: [1]

BackgroundEdit

Brown was born in Sydney and raised in Redfern, New South Wales. He played his junior football with Zetland Magpies, Mascot Jets and Waterloo Waratahs in the South Sydney Juniors, as well as the Brighton Seagulls in the St George Juniors.

Rugby league careerEdit

Brown began his first-grade career at South Sydney (first grade player #774)[2] in the 1989 NSWRL season and had two stints at the club.[3][4][5]

In between his South Sydney stints he played the 1990 off season with English club Trafford Borough[6] and then returned to Australia for the 1991 season with Canterbury (first grade player #559)[7], where he featured as a centre and five-eighth, with a highlight being a hat-trick of tries in a win over Eastern Suburbs.[8]

After returning to South Sydney for a further two years,[9] Brown joined Western Suburbs (first grade player #974)[10] in the 1994 season and played lock in the first three rounds. He was then sacked by Western Suburbs following his involvement in a brawl outside Canterbury Leagues Club and finished the season with Penrith (first grade player #361)[11].[12]

Used as a forward, Brown continued to play for Penrith for another four seasons, which included two finals appearances[13][14]in the 1997 Super League season.[15]

From 1999 to 2001 he returned to play in England for the Salford Red Devils (first grade player #965),[16] which he captained.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Since retiring from rugby league Brown has worked as a real estate agent[18] and is currently employed as a stevedore (wharfie) on the Port Botany waterfront. In 2016 Brown walked 858 kilometres from the Gold Coast to Sydney with his mates from Rise Foundation Australia to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health issues.[19] In 2019 Brown began co-hosting Rabbitohs Radio, a weekly rugby league podcast covering the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[20][21] In the podcast Brown, former teammate Steve Mavin and Grant Chappell examine Rabbitohs team news, performances and interview special guests.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collis, Ian (2018). The A to Z of Rugby League Players. New Holland Publishers. ISBN 9781921024986.
  2. ^ http://www.ssralmanac.com/mobile/players_b/player_brown_darren.htm
  3. ^ https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/darren-brown/summary.html
  4. ^ "Brown serves second dose of revenge". The Canberra Times. 6 April 1992. p. 19. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBLnQOgDPK8&t=98s
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0RvdxyNGYc
  7. ^ https://thebulldogs.com.au/sportal.php?page=player&id=559
  8. ^ "Taylor blunders damage Magpies". The Canberra Times. 25 March 1991. p. 24. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ http://www.ssralmanac.com/mobile/players_b/player_brown_darren.htm
  10. ^ http://www.westsmagpies.com.au/the-archives/first-grade-players/
  11. ^ https://themightypanthers.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/players-darren-brown/
  12. ^ "Brown, Penrith linked". The Canberra Times. 30 April 1994. p. 60. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/seasons/super-league-1997/minor-prelim-semi/canterbury-vs-penrith/summary.html
  14. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/seasons/super-league-1997/minor-semi/canberra-vs-penrith/summary.html
  15. ^ https://themightypanthers.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/players-darren-brown/
  16. ^ https://www.salfordreddevils.net/club/salford-red-devils-heritage-list/
  17. ^ Fisher, Michael (4 January 2001). "Salford boosted by Brown return". The Telegraph.
  18. ^ https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/southern-courier/maroubra-mates-walk-gold-coast-to-sydney-in-name-of-mental-health/news-story/a97038eb23443e96a2921773eae83f1c
  19. ^ https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/sport/struggling-league-players-urged-to-seek-help-as-two-stars-take-their-own-lives/news-story/4275db868d0466a56bdfa5d1c92076a8
  20. ^ https://rabbitohsradio.com.au/
  21. ^ https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/rabbitohs-radio/id1473739413
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DoC2eLO9GI&t=316s

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