Saturday, 30 April 2011
364 Gary Brown
Position : Right back ( also played in midfield )
Played : 2004-05 to 2007-08 (didn't appear in final season)
Appearances : 38
Goals : 0
Gary was a YTS player who came into the side for the last game of the season away at Boston replacing Wayne Evans.
Gary was so small he made Lee Duffy look like Marcus Holness. You did fear for him out on the pitch with the big boys but he was willing enough and showed some confidence on the ball. He got more chances the following season and looked reasonably promising. Unfortunately his size invited crunching challenges and he was taken out by Paul Dickov ( obviously keen to pick on someone even smaller than himself ) in a pre-season "friendly" in 2006.
Gary recovered for the start of 2006-07 and played more regularly in what had become a paper-thin squad. Parkin thought he could play him in midfield but it was hopeless. Gary was literally just brushed aside ; it wasn't necessary to foul him. His only useful contribution was away at Darlington when he attracted another appalling challenge and we won 5-0 as a result of the sending-off. I don't think he made any first team appearances once Keith Hill took over and certainly none the following season when he was laid low by a cruciate injury in pre-season. He was released in May 2008.
Gary signed for phoenix club Runcorn Linnets spending two seasons there before joining his hometown club AFC Darwen in August 2010. He seems to have filled out a bit judging from the picture and has also been in trouble with the law getting community service for threatening a policeman !