Nicholas Lee “Nicky” Brown was born in Hull and entered the Hull City YTS scheme in the mid-1980s as a striker. His debut came as substitute during a Second Division match at Fulham towards the end of the 1985/86 season, but nearly two further years elapsed before he saw more first team action, starting at right back in an FA Cup second replay against Watford. A handful of further starts followed over the next few weeks, but these coincided with a winless run for Brian Horton’s Tigers that led to the manager’s dismissal after a 1-4 defeat against Swindon, a match that Nicky started. When Tom Wilson took over as caretaker he gave Brown a start for the remaining four games of the season.
Brown had to wait until the second half of the 1988/89 season for more first team action under new manager Eddie Gray. Nicky usurped regular right back Charlie Palmer as he departed the Tigers for Notts County and had sixteen starts over the next three months. When Gray left in the 1989 close season and Colin Appleton returned, Nicky was again used sparingly but when Appleton was quickly replaced by Stan Ternent, Brown had his best run in the City team as a tall overlapping full back. Brown had scored his first City goal in January 1989 under Gray’s tenure, in an FA Cup tie at Cardiff, and he scored again in Appleton’s penultimate match in charge, an October 1989 draw at West Browmwich Albion. When Brown scored his third goal for the Tigers in a tremendous Boxing Day victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers he had scored three goals for three different City managers.
During the 1990/91 season Ternent turned to experienced right back David Hockaday ahead of Nicky and his appearances were sporadic. In 1991/92 season Ternent had been replaced by Terry Dolan and Brown received a run of starts at right back in September 1991, then a spell at centre forward in November and December. It was during his return to the strike force that Brown scored his fourth and final City goal in a 2-2 draw against Preston North End. Nicky was used in the left back position for the closing weeks of the 1991/92 season but by now injuries had caught up with the big man and he was forced to retire from playing football at the age of 25. Brown then began a second career in the Humberside Fire Service.
Date/Place of Birth: 16 October 1966, Hull
Hull City First Game: 12 April 1986, Fulham A (Division Two), 19 years, 178 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1992, Bolton Wanderers H (Division Three), 25 years, 196 days old
Hull City (1983-1992)
Hull City Record
Career: 98 apps, 4 goalsNicky Brown
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