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International Brown dies.

ENGLAND wartime international Bert 'Sailor' Brown has died at the age of 93.

Brown, recognised as one of the best inside forwards of his day, made six appearances for England and also played in four successive Wembley cup finals in the 1940s.

Brown made his name with Charlton after joining them from Norfolk club Gorleston in 1934, before going on to play for Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa after the Second World War.

He served as a sergeant in the RAF during the war but made guest appearances for Newcastle, West Ham, Millwall, York, Leicester, Manchester City, Wolves and East Fife, as well as playing alongside the likes of Frank Swift, George Hardwick and Stanley Matthews for England.

At Wembley, he played in the League Cup South finals of 1943 and 1944 for Charlton and 1945 forMillwall. The following year, he was in the Charlton side beaten by Derby in the first post-war FA Cup final.

He moved to Forest for a fee of pounds 6,750 in May 1946 and was then bought by Villa for a club record pounds 10,000 the following year.

His playing career was effectively ended after suffering a broken jaw in a match against Portsmouth in 1949.

He returned to his hometown Gorleston as player manager.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2008
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