Although he is still at the tender age of 23, to most people former bricklaying goalkeeper Wayne Brown is renowned as a Deva Veteran. Since joining Chester City in time for the start of the 1996/97 season from Western Super Mare, the former player of the season has established himself as Chester's last line of defence and an obvious first choice in any Chester managers starting line up. A clearly passionate member of the squad at the Deva Stadium, the Southampton born goalkeeper has now become one of the longest serving members within the current playing staff.
Wayne's enthusiasm is clear for all to see. His keenness to help the Blues make a strong impression on the Nationwide Conference provides any football manager with the confidence that he has a reliable man between the sticks. Wayne's ambition demonstrates his commitment, he aims to be part of a team that will be challenging to bounce back into the Football League at the first attempt. "I want the club to get back into league football. That's where we belong. But if we continue to play like we did against Leigh RMI then we won't. We've got to up our game against lower teams in the Conference. I think we're taking it too easy at the moment and I don't think we've played well in a decent game yet. We need to start booking our ideas up."
Focussing his attentions more and more into the present situation, Wayne was deeply disappointed with the team's performance against Leigh RMI. "It was embarrassing. It certainly wasn't our best performance. We know we've got to do a lot better and show a bit more heart as a team." The 1-1 draw with Leigh did extend City's unbeaten run to nine games but Manager Graham Barrow wasn't a happy man. Graham described the performance as his worst moment in football and he'll be hoping he doesn't have to stand in front of the press representatives to say the same thing ever again. "This was the worst result in my own history in the game of football, and it won't happen again," said Barrow.
Wayne found it difficult to pinpoint any troublesome areas. He claimed that the side has to take a collective responsibility and work together more to achieve the ultimate aim. "I couldn't tell you really. We need to improve our all round team performance. We need to work hard in training and build on everything."
Off the field, our classy keeper has proved he's got safe hands at work and at home! He and his partner Shannon, proudly became parents for the first time last month. Weighing in at eight pounds and half an ounce, baby Mia was born in Chester on the Friday before our away fixture with Hednesford Town. The new father was present throughout the birth. "Mia's as good as gold," said an ecstatic Wayne. "She's been keeping me up for quite a few nights! But it's great to be a father."