Jack Brown was an English football goalkeeper who played almost all his professional career with Sheffield Wednesday before moving to play briefly for Hartlepool United. Brown’s career lasted from 1923 to 1937 during which time he made 466 League appearances (508 including FA Cup). He will be remembered for being Sheffield Wednesday’s goalkeeper during a golden period between 1925 and 1935 in which they won two Division One championships, the FA Cup and a Division Two championship. He also played six times for the England national football team.
Brown’s good form earned a call up from the England team and he played his first international against Wales on February 12th 1927 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground, this resulted in a 3-3 draw with Brown picking up a bad injury. He recovered from the injury and was called up again on April 2nd and played in a 5-2 victory against Scotland at Hampden Park with a reporter from the Athletic News saying, "Brown kept a splendid goal and in my opinion is in Sam Hardy's class". In all Brown played six times for England, never once finishing on the losing side, winning five and drawing one, he played his last international on October 19th 1929.
Brown was ever present throughout Sheffield Wednesday’s Division One championship winning side in 1928-29 and only missed one match the following season when they retained the title. He remained first choice for the following seven seasons although he did lose his place occasionally to Jack Breedon between 1930 and 1933. He played in all six FA Cup ties in 1935 as Wednesday won the cup and made some outstanding saves in the final win against West Bromwich Albion. Brown made his final appearance for Sheffield Wednesday on March 20th 1937 as the team were relegated back to Division Two. In total he made 507 appearances for The Owls in all competitions and is second on the list of appearance makers behind Andrew Wilson, he is one of only three players who have made over 500 appearances for the club. In September 1937 he was transferred to Hartlepool United but only played one game for them, a 3-1 defeat against Gateshead F.C. on September 18th. He then decided to retire from football at the age of 38.