James Brown thought his career might have been over when he picked up a horrific injury in a pre-season game in 2005 but the youngster worked himself and regained full fitness for the 2006/07 season.
Brown is usually employed as a striker but played most of his first season on the right wing, he was still effective and scored seven goals to fire Pools to promotion from League Two, winning the Young Player of the Season award in the process.
Brown continued on the right wing in the following season and attracted interest from clubs such as Tottenham, Norwich and Celtic after scoring 13 goals and tormenting defences. Brown moved up front for the 2008/09 season and signed a new 3 year deal at the start of the campaign but suffered a knee injury in November which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
After a long recovery period he was back in contention at the start of the 2009/10 season. Used on the wing and as a striker he was in good form until another knee injury saw him back in the treatment room. This story continued through the 2010/11 season when Brown spent as much time on the sidelines as he did in the team.
Injury problems continued into the 11/12 campaign and the re-arrival of Neale Cooper as manager saw Brown used more infrequently as the season reached its conclusion. As a result, there was little surprise when the club announced they would not be renewing his contract at the end of the season.
Within a month of his departure, Brown was signed by Conference side Gateshead, joining former Hartlepool duo Ben Clark and Phil Turnbull at the International Stadium.
Page last updated 29/07/12
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