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Donovan Browning

Donovan Browning

English footballer
Donovan Browning
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro English footballer
Was Athlete Football player Association football player
From United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 May 1916, Ashley, United Kingdom
Death 1997, Dorset, United Kingdom (aged 80 years)
Star sign Taurus
Sports Teams
Southampton F.C.
The details (from wikipedia)


Donovan Albert Browning (9 May 1916 – 1997) was an English professional footballer who played at right-back in the Football League for Southampton in the 1930s.

Football career

Browning was born into a farming family at Ashley, near New Milton and represented New Forest Schools before joining New Milton of the Hampshire League in 1934.

In May 1935, Browning moved across the New Forest to join Southampton of the Football League Second Division. He spent his first year at The Dell in the reserves and his first-team debut came on 28 December 1936, when he replaced Charlie Sillett at right-back, with Sillett moving to the left in the absence of Arthur Roberts for the match against Coventry City, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Although Browning lost his place for the next match, he was recalled in February and played most of the remaining matches until the end of the season.

He started the next season as first-choice right-back before a serious knee injury in early October put him out of the game for several months. On his return in February, he had lost his consistency and only played another four matches before being transfer-listed for a fee of £500 in May 1938. No other club came in for him, so he remained at The Dell for another year, making only six reserve-team appearances before he was released in May 1939.

Later career

Browning was also a talented cricketer and was on the ground-staff at Hampshire County Cricket Club's County Ground.

He later became a farmer in Dorset with 5,000 acres and was still a season ticket holder at the Dell in 1992.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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