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Jimmy Brown (footballer, born 1862)

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James Brown (31 July 1862 – 4 July 1922[1]) was an English association football player of the Victorian era.

James Brown
Personal information
Date of birth 31 July 1862
Place of birth Blackburn, England
Date of death 4 July 1922(1922-07-04) (aged 59)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1881–1889 Blackburn Rovers 4 (0)
National team
1881–1885 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
The Blackburn Rovers team which won the FA Cup in 1884. Brown (front row, centre) holds the trophy.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Blackburn, he played for Blackburn Rovers and was part of the team that won the FA Cup in three successive seasons between 1884 and 1886 (captaining the side in 1885 and 1886[2]), as well as appearing on the side which lost in 1882. He scored goals in both the 1885 and 1886 cup finals.[3] Brown had a break from football from 1886-1888 but returned to Rovers to play in the inaugural Football League season of 1888-1889. Brown made his League debut at outside-left on 17-Nov-1888 at Leamington Road, Blackburn as Rovers took on top team rivals Aston Villa. Rovers were superb and won 5-1. However those Rovers fans who thought that Brown would re-produce his dribbling skills, delicate touch, devastating pace and eye for goal were unduly optimistic.[4] Brown played only 3 more matches after his debut from 01-Dec-1888 until 29-Dec-1888. He played once at centre-forward and twice at inside left. Brown retired from football in 1889 having played a small part in assisting Rovers to finish 4th in the League.[5]

International careerEdit

Brown was capped on five occasions by the England national team. His debut was against Wales on 26 February 1881. He was 18 years and 210 days old making him the 10th youngest player for England of all time.[6] He scored his first goal against Ireland on 18 February 1882. His last cap was versus Scotland on 21 March 1885. He scored three goals in total for England.[7]


  1. ^ "England players: Jimmy Brown". England Football Online. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ Collett, Mike (1993). The Guinness Record of the FA Cup. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-538-7.
  3. ^ Barnes, Stuart (2008). Nationwide Football Annual 2008–2009. SportsBooks Ltd. pp. 134–135. ISBN 1-899807-72-1.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mark (2013). The Origins of the Football League. Amberley. ISBN 978 1 4456 1881 4.
  5. ^ "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 29 December 2017. (registration & fee required)
  6. ^ Home of football statistics and History
  7. ^ "Jimmy Brown". England internationals player database. Retrieved 3 June 2011.