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Steve Brown




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The Brighton-born centre-half began his career as a trainee with Charlton Athletic in the 90’s. He would go on to spend most of his calling at The Valley, making over 190 league starts for the Addicks, scoring nine goals.

During his 12-year spell at the club, he twice saw the team to promotion to the Premier League – once as league winners and the other due to a theatrical win over Sunderland in the 1998 play-off final, winning 7-6 on penalties with Brown notching one of them proceeding the hallowed turf of Wembley.

He was a popular figure among the Charlton fans having earned the reputation of being a utility man, playing in goal on four occasions, keeping a clean sheet in all of them.

After being handed the captain's armband and guiding Charlton to safety, he parted company and joined Alan Pardew’s Reading late in 2002.

That season he was part of the Royals side who reached the play-offs, losing out to eventual winners Wolves.

He scored his one and only Madejski Stadium goal that season against Crystal Palace, him and James Harper notching to beat the Eagles 2-1 in March.

He appeared 22 times the following season before his career was cut short succeeding a recurrence of an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

After his playing days were over, Brown had various jobs as a coach and manager, including being reunited with his Royals teammate Nicky Forster as his assistant at Dover Athletic in 2011.