Played For Both: Steve Brown

Understandably, their have not been too many players who have turned out for Macc and Dover due to the distance between the two clubs.

However one player who did was striker Steve Brown, and we profile him here in the build up to Friday night’s clash.

Steve started his career at his hometown club Southend United, and made his way through the ranks at Roots Hall before signing his first professional contract back in 1992.

Initially Steve commanded a regular slot in Southend’s starting eleven, although as the 1992-93 season wore on he found it increasingly difficult to stay in the side.

After making ten senior appearances and scoring twice in the process, the young striker made the move to Southend’s Essex rivals, Colchester United in the summer of 1993.

The move would pay dividends straight away, as in his first season at Layer Road Steve finished as the club’s leading goalscorer with an impressive seventeen strikes.

The following season was less successful however, as Steve struggled to recreate the form of the previous campaign.


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Steve Brown (Pic courtesy of Silkmen Archives).


So much so, that in March 1995 he made the move to Gillingham in an exchange deal with Robbie Reinelt.

After a handful of appearances for The Gills, Brown was on the move again when he signed for Lincoln City where he would command a regular place in the Imp’s side for the next three years.

In the summer of 1998 Steve was snapped up by Sammy McIlroy, as he built a side capable of challenging within the Nationwide League Division Two –  alongside the likes of Stoke and Manchester City.

Steve made his Macclesfield Town debut on 29th August 1998, when The Silkmen headed down to Millwall for a league fixture.

Despite his early promise, Brown was relegated to the Reserve Team a few weeks later where he became a prolific goalscorer for the second string.

In spite of his prowess with the Reserves, Steve was then loaned to Dover Athletic in 1999 in a move which would subsequently become permanent three months later.

The striker would spend two seasons at The Crabble, making nearly sixty league appearances and scoring twelve times.




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