Dan Brown revels in role as one of Histon's three scoring musketeers
If you look at Histon’s goals for record in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division something quite impressive stands out.
They have hit the target 44 times in 16 games, a feat in itself, and the combined total of goals shared between Max York, Ed Rolph and Dan Brown is 44 goals.
Of course, you then have to add in goals in seven cup matches so the statistic can appear a bit misleading, but there can be no denying the impact that the trio have had.
Brown currently sits third in the Stutes’ scoring charts with 13, but it is a continuation of the form that he showed when he returned to the Glass World Stadium towards the end of last season, scoring eight in eight.
The 28-year-old striker had been with the club as a colt, but spent much of his earlier adult football years in the Cambridgeshire County Leagues.
“I’ve played at a lower level for a long time,” he said. “I was at Cambridge University Press for ages for the A team, until I was about 23 and then I went to Over [in the Kershaw Premier].
“Wayne Goddard gave me the chance to play, and I couldn’t last half a game but he used to just keep playing me and I got fitter and fitter.
“Steve Fallon saw me and asked me to join (Soham) so I jumped up another three leagues, so that was six leagues in one year.
“It was a big shock. I thought I was fit, but I wasn’t as fit as I thought.”
After spells with Soham, Mildenhall and on loan at Ely, Brown caught the attention of Lance Key.
“One of my mates, Rob Ruddy, told me that it’s great down here and that the manager might give me a call to have a chat at some point, so I was waiting for that really,” said Brown.
“I joined for the last eight games of last year. I hadn’t really scored many for Mildenhall, then I went on loan to Ely, enjoyed it there and then Lance [Key] called me up and I couldn’t really turn it down.”
Centre-back York leads the way in the scoring stakes with 16, but Rolph, who has 15, and Brown have forged a formidable partnership up front.
“I love playing alongside Ed. He’s a big guy, a lot bigger than me, so he wins lots of balls, and I’m not the best in the air so it’s great to get flick-ons from him,” said Brown.
“I get on really well with him, we talk a lot throughout the week and at training, we’re both strong, physical and quick. We’re quite similar players, we’re quite direct and that’s what our team is about I think – we’re quite a direct team.
“We can hold it up, keep the ball, obviously Max gets forward a lot as well, physical players, good players on the ball, Zuks [Danny Gould] on the wing...”
Brown is settled at Histon and is hoping for a long stay at the club, and he is also flourishing in his professional life, as a teaching assistant at Mayfield Primary School.
“In the mornings I do the football coaching, the fitness clubs and then I manage an after school club and do holiday clubs – I love it,” said Brown.
“There are two different days for football, and they ask if they can come to both, but there are two separate teams unfortunately.
“I wear my training top to the coaching so they all know I play for Histon, so hopefully we will get a few down to come and watch.
“They only see me coaching them, they don’t see me getting in a game and scoring goals – what adult football is really about.”
And this would be the season to go and see Histon, especially if they continue their goalscoring exploits.