Choppington, Northumberland born right half Billy Brown began his football career with West Stanley in 1928 before signing for First Division Middlesbrough in December the same year, making his Football League debut at Leicester City in August 1931. He established himself as a regular in the ‘Boro first team line-up from November 1932 and played most of their matches throughout the seasons before the outbreak of the Second World War, missing only one match during ‘Boro’s 1935-36 campaign. He was described as “tall and well built, he is penetrative and paves the way to many of the Teessiders’ goals, and possesses a powerful shot too. On several occasions he has been tipped by shrewd judges for honours”.
By the time of the War he had scored twice in 274 appearances for Middlesbrough, and after the War’s end he joined Hartlepools United in June 1946, and was an ever present in their first post war League campaign, making 85 appearances over two seasons at Victoria Park before joining non league Stockton in 1948 before his eventual retirement.