Date of birth
Previous Clubs: Manchester City, Hartlepool United (loan), Portsmouth (loan), Sheffield United (loan), Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth, Leeds United
Ever since his debut for Manchester City in 1995, Michael has proved all he can at England’s highest level. Originally City’s youth captain, the centre-midfielder spent four years at the old Maine Road before joining Sheffield United in 2000.
At Bramall Lane he quickly became a fans favourite and made over 150 appearances for the club. He was awarded the player of the year in his second season with the club and was named in the First Division’s Team of the Season. “Browney” left the club during the 2003/04 season for Tottenham Hotspur, where he played 19 games in the second half of the season.
The following season, he much became a first-team regular making 34 appearances where his tough-tackling and commitment was appreciated by Spurs fans in the middle of midfield. His exit came in January 2006 where Fulham came calling. Under Chris Coleman, he was given the captain’s armband and made 34 appearances during his first full season.
Since then, the 40-year old has played for Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic and Leeds United before joining Vale in July 2014 as a player. He was made caretaker manager on Boxing Day 2016 in a bid to keep Vale in the league.
After the Valiants’ drop to League Two at the end of the season, Brown was given the manager’s position on a full-time basis where he will also signed as a player for the 2017/18 season.