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BROWNY TARGETS 300 MARK

Posted on 21 January 2006  - 12:00

Michael Brown is set to clock up a personal milestone of 300 league appearances - he has packed a lot into 299 league games and 11 years as a professional so far.

Michael Brown is set to clock up a personal milestone of 300 league appearances - he has packed a lot into 299 league games and 11 years as a professional so far.

Promotions, relegations, cup semi-finals, a Premiership debut at just 17, numerous managers - the all-action midfielder has just about seen it all.

The breakdown of Browny’s career since his debut for City against QPR in 1995 is 89 games for City, six on loan at Hartlepool, four on loan at Portsmouth, 151 at Sheffield United and 49 at Spurs. He’s scored 32 goals in that time.

“I’m only 28 so it’s a decent record,†reflected Browny at Spurs Lodge this week. “Obviously you always want more appearances but I’ve got to be grateful I’ve got 300 in my career so far. I now want to push on to get up to four or five hundred.

"It’s certainly been eventful and I’ve probably had about 12 managers!

"I’ve had a few clubs, not too many - basically City, Sheffield United and Spurs and a couple of loans. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time so far. I’ve had some ups and downs, some fantastic days and long may it continue."

Browny picks out his first season at City, the incredible 2002-03 season at Sheffield United where he scored 22 goals and Blades made it to the play-offs and semi-finals of both cup competitions and final six months of last season when he formed such an impressive partnership with Michael Carrick as his favourites.

“To make my debut at 17 was fantastic,†he said. “I was one of the youngest to do that in the Premiership at the time but it’s keeps getting younger and younger now!

“My first season at City, to play 30 games in the Premiership at that age was a real achievement. I had a dip after that then came back and that’s what it’s all about in football.

“Obviously the season at Sheffield United as well, those are the two seasons that really stand out.

“To be honest, I thought the six months of last season when Martin Jol took over was great as well, playing week in, week out in the Premiership.â€Â

Michael is now fighting it out with the likes of Michael Carrick, Edgar Davids, Teemu Tainio and Jermaine Jenas for one of those coveted midfield slots.

It’s not a situation he’s unfamiliar with though. “When I started at City there were a lot of players coming in and out so I was used to that from a very early age, especially competition in central midfield.

“I kept playing and kept coming back and that’s in my nature. There are a lot of players here and of course I haven’t played as much as I would have liked this season but I have to believe that will improve.

“It’s a great place to be. We have a fantastic squad, we’re sat in fourth place and if we can stay in that top six that’s where we want to be. It’s exciting times and long may that continue.â€Â