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From Sunderland To Leicester To Lincoln – Who Is Grant Brown

Grant Brown should soon be made Lincoln Assistant manager on a full time basis after his own former assistant Damian Froggatt was named as the new head of youth at Sincil Bank. Our record appearance holder left the field of play after 447 appearances in all competitions to join the youth set up and then become our caretaker manager on three occasions in our time of need. He also assisted Iffy when Jacko was ill so Grant really is the rock we have come to rely on. You just know The Hoof will have been behind the Sunderland friendly and maybe even some loans besides……………….

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Grant was born in Sunderland in 1969 (he still has the accent and is almost as big a black cat fan as that mighty hoof that would rival a six-iron) and scouted by Leicester City, who signed the determined centre back at the age of 13. Grant made his debut in the middle of his A-levels and after 17 years in the game finished his career back in the classroom by taking his coaching badges. Grant only made 12 League & 2 league Cup appearances for the second division Foxes before Colin Murphy – a big mentor – rescued him from the reserves in 1988/89. Grant and Paul Groves joined the Imps on loan whilst protracted negotiations continued over a £150,000 deal for Tony James the other way.


Grant and Paul made their debuts in a 0-1 League Cup defeat at Molineux against Wolves but Groves was then sent back after the month. Grant was retained for another month before he managed to twist John Reames arm to the tune of £63,000. A club record at the time we and ‘Murph’ had to have him so Mr Reames (RIP) – bless him – found the cash. Colin Murphy was the first of 11 managers for Grant at the Imps – some good and some bad – including the Chairman himself. Mr Reames reasoned one day that he would be cheaper and just as good as ex-players and the has-beens who had failed at other clubs.


Hoof Grant was an immense ever-present figure at the heart of our defence and the first name on the team sheet for 12 years. He certainly traded the red and White stripes of Sunderland for those of Impdom and should you ever hear him talk to our youngsters you can tell he has Imp blood coursing through those Geordie veins. Every side he sends out understand what Lincoln City is all about – walk up the posh stairs to sign your first contract and a life size picture of grant is on the wall. Respect goes a long way to building a reputation, the old fashioned values will never die.


In 1999/2000 with the debt time bomb ticking , Grant overtook Tony Emery’s appearance record of 424 League and cup games in an LDV Vans Trophy game against Morecambe in the November. He then broke his leg at home toHullwhich kept him out for nine-months so we had to wait a while for him to break the 403 League Games record (again held by Emery). It finally came on Tuesday 26th March 2002 in the derby against York at Bootham Crescent. Grant would make just 4 more appearance before being released. He would part company with his beloved Imps on a very sad note as we tottered towards the dreaded administration.


Grant was offered a one year deal with Telford, followed by a two year, again near ever present stint at Alfreton (83 aps 1 goal). John Schofield, upon being given the managers job with John Deehan, insisted that Grant was the man to take over and nurture his babes. Grant, a man of his word, explained things to Worksop who released him – perhaps on the grounds of compassion, love or insanity – from one year deal he had just signed. This allowed him to play part-time for Grantham to make up his money, because Grant has always put the interests of Lincoln before the cash.


Grant took over the first team reigns when Schoey and Deehan were sacked, before Jacko and Iffy took over. He then assisted Iffy Onuora during Jacko’s illness with Tom Spall running the youth set up. Upon Jackson’s return Simon Clark became first team coach, casting a doubt over his future. In July 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Head of Youth, taking over the head of Youth job when Tom Spall and Simon Clark took over after the sackings of Iffy and Jacko. Grant took over as caretaker manager for a second period on 10 October 2011 after Tilson got the boot. Having handed he keys to the managers door over to Reg October 2011 he got them back in 2013 until Simmo joined.

Even though Grant wanted the full job on two occasions he has never once looked elsewhere. Hoof is as loyal as they come and an outstanding servant of our football club.

STMI Biopic
Full name Grant Ashley Brown
Date of birth 19 November 1969 (age 43)
Place of birth Sunderland,
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Current gig-in-the-game
Current club Lincoln City
(Assistant Manager)
Senior  Stats
Tenure Team Apps
1988–1989 Leicester City 14 (0)
1989–2002 Lincoln City 447 (16)
2002–2003 Telford United 35 (0)
2003–2005 Alfreton Town 83 (1)
2005 Worksop Town 0 (0)
2005–2006 Grantham Town 42 (6)
Teams managed
2005–2012 Lincoln City (Youth team)
2007 Lincoln City (Joint caretaker)
2011 Lincoln City (caretaker)
2013 Lincoln City (caretaker)