Wednesday, 29 December 2010
243 Mickey Brown
Position : Winger
Played : 1996-97 (on loan from Preston)
Appearances : 5
Goals : 0
Mickey was signed on loan in September 1996 to potentially fill a problem position on the right where Dave Thompson's powers were waning. Mickey's primary association is with Shrewsbury making his debut for them in their Second Division days in the late 80s. Remarkably for an attacking player he made 41 goalless appearances in 1988-89 and scored once in 43 games in both the subsequent seasons at Gay Meadow. This didn't stop Phil Neal spending £100,000 to take him to Bolton in August 1991. He spent 15 months there scoring 3 times in 33 games before Shrewsbury bought him back for £25,000. Mickey upped his quota to 7 as the Shrews won the Division Three championship in 1994 which prompted another move north to Preston for £75,000 the following November. His debut was delayed by injury till the following season which was disappointing with Mickey scoring once in 10 appearances.
Mickey's spell with us followed a common pattern for loan signings, making an excellent debut then getting progressively worse with each subsequent game. He was man of the match at home to Doncaster helping us to our first league win despite going down to 9 men (Mickey himself picked up a rare booking ). He looked to have both pace and skill and terrified the left back until he had to be subbed for the more defensive Andy Gouck (who then scored the winner !) . In the following matches he got worse and worse looking disinterested and barely able to control the ball. Whatever was going on he clearly wasn't the answer.
He returned to Preston, made a handful more appearances for them then went on loan to Shrewsbury. After 5 games they made the move permanent for £20,000 and he stayed with them to the end of his League career scoring the goal that kept them in the League in May 2000 which prompted a chant of "Mickey Brown sent Chester down" . During this spell he also became their record appearance maker. He was finally released in 2001 joining Boston and winning a Conference Championship medal with them. He didn't return to League action joining Chester for a season where he was mainly used as an impact substitute. He left Chester in 2003 and after a short spell at Nuneaton joined Newtown in the League of Wales where he played until 2007. In 2007 he went to Shawbury United in the West Midlands League before returning yet again to Shrewsbury as a fitness coach in 2009.