Centre half Anthony “Andy” Browell, the brother of City players George and Thomas, was born at Walbottle, a village atop Hadrians Wall to the west of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He made his name as a teenage footballer for Newburn, a Northern Alliance League side, and joined the Tigers (for whom George was already playing) in early 1908. It wasn’t until November 1908 that Andy made his first team debut, replacing Prescot-born stalwart William Robinson at centre half. Andy missed only two games during the rest of the season and scored his first City goal in a January 1909 4-0 win over Barnsley.
Browell was an ever-present in League and Cup games in the 1909/10 season, adding further goals in a September 3-2 win over Grimsby and a December 7-0 demolition of Birmingham. In 1910/11 a knee injury suffered in early October kept Andy on the sidelines for three months, he returned in January but by April 1911 he was back on the fringes of the first team. He was fully restored to the first XI in 1911/12 season, missing only one game and scoring twice in a December 3-0 win over Blackpool. At the end of February 1912 Browell’s form had attracted the attention of First Division Everton, who had signed his younger brother Tommy two months earlier and were also interested in City striker Joe Smith.
Browell joined Everton in March 1912 but his time at Goodison Park was not a success in terms of first team action. In the summer of 1913 he returned to the North East and signed for North Eastern League side West Stanley. After World War 1 Andy remained at West Stanley and he played a prominent role in the club’s FA Cup run of 1919/20 that took them to the Second Round Proper and defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, having won through several qualifying rounds and beaten Southern League side Gillingham in the First Round.
After football Andy returned to Hull, lived near The Boulevard in Selby Street and worked in the engine rooms of coal fired Merchant Navy vessels. He retired to Holderness and died in March 1964.
Date/Place of Birth: 17 September 1889, Walbottle
Hull City First Game: 21 November 1908, Birmingham City A (Division Two), 19 years, 65 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 February 1912, Stockport County H (Division Two), 22 years, 160 days old
Newburn, Hull City (1908-1912), Everton (1912-1913), West Stanley (1913-1920)
Hull City Record
Career: 109 apps, 5 goalsAndy Browell