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Arthur Brown

Aston Villa FC

3 appearances, 4 goals all on his debut

P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 F 17: A 10
33% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Arthur Brown
Born 3 December 1858 at Broomfield Place, Spon End, Coventry, Warwickshire [registered in Coventry, December 1858].

Birth notes

Alleged to be born on 15 March 1859 in Birmingham. There is no registration to confirm this. In fact, his 1881 census, the only Birmingham-area Arthur Brown with a younger brother, Albert, was found to be born in Coventry, which led to the Arthur Brown mentioned, and corrected by Coventry City FC's historian, Lionel Bird, who also provided us with Brown's birth certificate.

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Arthur is the third of three children to Benjamin and Elizabeth (née Ellis), living at Court 8, 4 Sovereign Place in the Spon End area of Coventry. His father is a watchmaker.

According to the 1871 census, Arthur is the third of six children to their parents at 2 Thomas Place, Wheeler Street in Birmingham. Arthur is an errand boy. His father is a watch finisher.

According to the 1881 census,the five Brown children and parents were living at (7 court 4 house) 28 Wheeler Street in Birmingham. Arthur is an ear ring maker. Father is still a watch finisher.

According to the 1891 census, Arthur has married Eliza had have three children, Arthur B, Samuel B and Harold T. They live in 61 Albert Place in Wheeler Street. Arthur is a jeweller.

According to the 1901 census, at an address written as 61 Wheeler Street, Arthur and Eliza have two more children, Archie and Eveline. Arthur is now a Tobacconist, and a jeweller.

Married to Eliza Jane Stagg [registered in West Bromwich, June 1883].
Died 1 July 1909 at 184 Anglesey Street, Aston, Warwickshire, aged 50 years 210 days [registered in Aston, September 1909]. Died from Phlebitis of the right leg and Embolism Syncope.
Height/Weight one source states 5' 8"


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Lionel Bird, Coventry City FC historian

Club Career

Club(s) Began with Florence FC in Aston, Birmingham, then Aston Unity FC and Mitchell St. George's FC. Joined Aston Villa FC in August 1878 until August 1879 and again from February 1880 until May 1886. In between which, he played for Birchfield Trinity FC from 1891 and Birmingham Excelsior FC. Went on to a second spell with Mitchell St. George's FC. For the 1894-95 and 1895-96 seasons, Brown was playing for Evesham Wanderers FC.
Club honours Studley and District League winners 1894-95, 1895-96.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Steve Emms, Evesham historian.

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 90th players (95) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right, centre-forward, half-back;
First match No. 14, 18 February 1882, Ireland 0 England 13, a friendly match at Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast, aged 23 years 77 days.
Last match No. 16, 13 March 1882, Wales 5 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 100 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Older brother of Aston Villa FC's Albert Brown.

Beyond England

Retired from football through ill-health.  He worked as a club steward until 1908. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.49./Spartacus.Schoolnet.co.uk/Aston


Arthur Brown - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain Discipline
3 3 270 4 68 min none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Arthur Brown - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 3 1 0 2 17 10 +7 0 1 5.667 3.333 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 17 10 +7 0 1 5.667 3.333 33.3 -1


Arthur Brown - Match History
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 3 full capsx

Age 23
1 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Start
2 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start ir
3 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start cf/