An inside-forward with Dulwich Hamlet, Les Brown won the first of his eight England amateur caps against Scotland at Southend in March 1960 and was then called up for that year’s Olympic squad although he never played in Italy. He moved to Wimbledon in 1961 before joining Guildford City in 1966-67 and he went on to play 67 League and Cup games, and score 32 goals for them, three of them in a first round FA Cup win over fourth division Brentford in 1967-68 that Guildford won after a replay. He returned to Wimbledon as a player coach in 1971-72 and also had a brief spell temporarily in charge of the team. He later made a lot of money by selling advertising space on the back of parking tickets and shared his time between the UK and his retirement home in Spain. Les’s daughter Karen Brown was a hockey international who appeared in three Olympics 1988-96, winning a bronze medal in 1992.
NOTE: Some sources say Brown played in all three matches at the 1960 Olympics. However, he was a non-starter. It was Laurie Brown who played in 1960. Both had the same surname and initial, hence the confusion by other sources.
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1960 Summer Olympics||Football (Football)||GBR||Les Brown|
|Football, Men (Olympic)||Great Britain|