Brown's contribution to Coast football recognised

CENTRAL Coast Men of Football (CCMOF) have announced the introduction of a new medal to be awarded to a Mariners player at the end of every Hyundai A-League season.

CENTRAL Coast Men of Football (CCMOF) have announced the introduction of a new medal to be awarded to a Mariners player at the end of every Hyundai A-League season.

At the conclusion of each Mariners Hyundai A-League match members of the CCMOF will be asked to nominate their ‘player of the match-.

The votes will be tallied and at the end of the season the player with the most votes will be awarded the Men of Football Damien Brown Medal.

CCMOF Management Committee allowed for nominations for a local Central Coast footballing identity to have the medal named in their honour. Damien Brown was amongst the nominations and the ever-popular former Mariners midfielder received the majority of the final votes.

Brown grew up playing football on the Central Coast and was the first player signing for the Club. He made 58 appearances in all competitions over three seasons for the yellow and navy, ending his professional playing career at the completion of the 2007/08 campaign.

Brown also played for a number of clubs in the National Soccer League, including Newcastle United, Parramatta Power and Canberra Cosmos.

Brown said he is proud to have his contribution to Central Coast football and the Mariners recognised via the naming of the Men of Football Damien Brown Medal.

“I was informed of the honour last Saturday morning via a phone call from (MOFCC President) Ray Sandell and I was in shock,” Brown said.

“To receive recognition from my footballing peers, many of which I have looked up to from my days as a junior player at The Entrance, makes me really proud of what I have achieved.”

“I have been in the football industry now for about 20 years and not only has it passed by so quickly but it has felt so effortless as I have enjoyed just about every minute.”

‘”During my time in football, I have been lucky enough to earn a living, so my hat goes off to all the local club volunteers who have worked longer days and nights over a much longer period for no remuneration just to keep their clubs operational.”

“I can't wait for this Hyundai A-League season to kick-off and I also look forward to seeing who is the first recipient of the Damien Brown Men of Football Medal,” he said.

Inaugural Central Coast Mariners coach, and current General Manager of Football, Lawrie McKinna, said Brown deserved the accolade.

“In those first three seasons he (Brown) was a regular player in the first team, contributing a lot on and off the field,” McKinna said.

“He is a great link between the Club and the community and what he does on the community side of thing typifies what Browny is all about.”

Brown is currently employed as the Central Coast Mariners- Youth Development Coordinator. He is responsible for rolling out a number of Mariners youth programs, including Newcastle Permanent MarinersActive which enables school children around the Coast to play football for free.

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