Brown Frank Image 1 Exeter City 1921

Brown Frank Image 1 Exeter City 1921


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Rotherham, Yorkshire born centre half Frank Brown did not find particular success as a footballer, however as a football manager he enjoyed a lengthy career. He started his career with Barnsley in 1913 but moved to his hometown club Rotherham County without having appeared for Barnsley’s first eleven just before the First World War. After the War he joined Blackpool making his Football League debut, and solitary Blackpool appearance, in a 2-2 draw with Clapton Orient in September 1920. having featured in their side that won the Central League Championship in 1919-20, not missing a match.

He joined Exeter City the next summer and made only 7 appearances before a move to Southern League Pontypridd in June 1922. A year later he joined non league Torquay United and became their trainer in August 1926. They joined the Football League in 1927 and in May 1932 he became their manager, a role he fulfilled for another six years before joining Chester City in July 1938.

The intervention of the Second World War in 1939 and the loss of seven years’ football restricted the number of matches for which he was manager of Chester over the next fifteen years, to 377 games and among other achievements he won The Welsh Cup with The Seals in 1947. After leaving Chester in May 1953 he also managed Stafford Rangers from February 1954 until mid 1955 but died shortly after finishing his football managerial career.


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