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Jimmy Brown

Blackburn Rovers FC

5 appearances, 3 goals

P 5 W 2 D 2 L 1 F 19: A 3
60% successful


Captain: none
minutes played:


  James Brown
Birth Thursday, 31 July 1862 in Fox Street, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, September 1862].
Baptism 17 August 1862 in St. Paul's Church, Blackburn, by R.J. Wallace.

According to the 1871 census, James is the youngest of three children living at Beer House in 1 Limbrick, in Blackburn with Darwen, to John and Elizabeth,. His father is a beer seller.


According to the 1881 census, James is now a solictor's clerk and with his older sister, they live with their parents at the 'Sir Charles Napier', a public house at 13 Limbrick. His father is a licensed victualler and they live next door to the Police Office and prison.

"Returning home the Rovers defeated Oswaldtwistle, 1—0, on the 21st. (English Cup tie), Derby County, at Blackburn, 3—2, on the 28th, and the Darwen Old Wanderers (English Cup tie) 6—1, at Blackburn, on December 5th; Jimmy Brown reappeared in the latter match, having previously been reading up for his intermediate examination in the law" - Saturday, 10 March 1894, The Weekly Standard and Express
Marriage to Emma Dixon, on 13 October 1889 at Christ Church, Blackpool [registered in Fylde, December 1889]. James is a solicitor's clerk living at 13 Dickson Road, Emma was a spinster living at 12 Bright Street.

Marriage notes

The only James Brown to marry an Emma near Blackburn in 1889/90.  The 1911 census states they had completed 21 years of marriage.
(Tram Terminus), BLACKBURN.
The Old Rovers' Captain and International Centre Forward, begs to intimate to the public of Blackburn and District that he has taken the above Hotel, and hopes to meet his old and new friends,
Choice Ales, Wines, and Spirits. Cigars of the finest brand." - Saturday, 29 November 1890, The Preston Herald

According to the 1891 census, Blackburn-born James is a Hotel Keeper and is married to Emma with a daughter, Gertrude Elizabeth, and a servant, at The Eagle & Child at 18 Darwen Street.


According to the 1901 census, in a return to his earlier vocation, James is a solicitor's clerk and still married to Emma, with two more children, James and Lilian Eleanor. They live at 88 Napier Street West in Oldham.


According to the 1911 census, James, Emma and their three children are now living on the opposite side of the street at 83 Napier Street West. James is a solicitors managing clerk.

Death Tuesday, 4 July 1922 at 309 Park Road, Oldham, aged 59 years 338 days [registered in Oldham, Lancashire, September 1922]. Left £399 15s. 4d. to his widow, Emma.


"The death has occurred of Jimmy Brown, a famous international of the 'eighties, who helped the Blackburn Rovers to win the English Cup three years in succession. A midget in stature, Brown ranked with Cobbold as the finest dribbler of his day. In the final of 1886 he ran three-quarters of the length of the field and scored the winning goal." - Thursday, 6 July 1922, The Yorkshire Post/Friday, 7 July 1922, Northampton Chronicle & Echo

"The past week has seen a once famous personality of the Association football field taken from us. We refer to the death, at Oldham of James Brown, the captain of Blackburn Rovers in the far-off days of that club's greatness.
"Jimmy Brown was born in Fox-street, Blackburn, on July 31, 1862. As a youth he played with the Blackburn Law Club, and he made his first appearance with the Rovers in August, 1879, playing on the right wing with Duckworth. Then he was put in the centre and soon became a regular member of the team. Prior to that he had for three years captained the Mintholme College (Preston) cricket and football club. In 1883 he succeeded Fred Hargreaves as the Rovers' captain. International honours soon came his way against all the three countries, and for long years he was one of the great forwards of his time!
"It was not only in football that he distinguished himself, for he was a fine runner and had many sprint prizes. He stood about 5ft. 5˝in., and at the height of his career weighed 9st. 10lb.
"Very fast and quick in his footwork, Jimmy Brown was one of the most accomplished dribblers and surest shots the game has known." -
Monday, 10 July 1922, Athletic News


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Lan-opc.org.uk &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played his schoolboy football in Blackburn before playing for clubs such as Mintholme College CFC in Preston, then the Blackburn Law Club.  He played with Blackburn Rovers FC from August 1879 through to 1889, becoming club captain in 1883, also playing for the Olympic club at the same time.
Club honours FA Cup runners up 1881-82; winners 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86 (last two as captain);
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 5½", 9st. 10lbs [1884].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 81st players (85) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 18 years 210 days.
Last match No. 25, 21 May 1885, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 294 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Described as a brilliant individualist. A Solicitor's clerk living in Blackburn at the time of his first England appearance. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.50.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Comp.
Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
5 5 3 450 3 150 min 1 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
5 2 2 1 19 3 +16 1 2 3.80 0.60 60.0 +1

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 1 0 0.67 1.00 33.3 -1
Away 2 2 0 0 17 0 +17 0 2 8.50 0.00 100.0 +2

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1
Friendly 2 1 0 1 13 1 +12 1 1 6.50 0.50 50.0 =0

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1
BC All 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1
3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - five full appearances (450 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - five full appearances (450 min)x

Age 18
1 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Start cf

Age 19
2 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Start

Age 22
3 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Start
4 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HD Start cf
5 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HD Start cf