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Laurence ("Laurie") Brown (August 22 1937September 30 1998) was an Englishmarker former football player and manager. He is the father of field hockey international Karen Brown.

Brown was born in Shildonmarker, County Durham and started his career at non-league side Bishop Auckland and then Woking. He also made three appearances as an amateur for Darlington at the end of the 1958-59 season. He performed well enough to be picked for the England amateur team, and the Great Britain side at the 1960 Olympics in Romemarker; the British team failed to progress to the knockout stage and came eighth overall.

On his return to England he turned professional and signed for Northampton Town, and was the club's scorer in 1960-61 as they were promoted to the Third Division. However, he had been switched from centre-forward into central defence, and from then on flourished in that position. In August 1961 he was signed by First Division Arsenal, and immediately became a first-team regular in the Arsenal side.

Brown amassed 109 appearances for the Gunners in two-and-a-half seasons, scoring two goals. At the time, Arsenal were the less successful of the two north Londonmarker sides, and Brown made the surprising move up the Seven Sisters Roadmarker to Arsenal's deadly rivals, Tottenham Hotspur in February 1964, for a fee of £40,000. Brown became one of the few players to play for both clubs, and by sheer coincidence, his first match for Spurs, on February 22 1964, was against his old club Arsenal; Brown nearly scored in a 3-1 Spurs win.

Brown was relatively disappointing at Spurs, though he still made 62 League appearances over two seasons. In 1966 he was sold to Norwich City, and spent two seasons there before finishing his career at Bradford Park Avenue, where he became the club's player-manager, but presided over the club's relegation from the Football League. He joined Altrincham as player-manager in August 1969, resigning in September 1970.

He later had spells as manager of King's Lynn and Stockton.


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