Former Norwich City defender Brown dies, aged 58

Former Norwich City defender Roger Brown has died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.

The big centre-half, who joined the Canaries from Bournemouth during the summer of 1979 for a fee of �80,000, spent less than a year at Carrow Road but made his presence felt, notching up 21 appearances for John Bond's side.

Of those, 16 were in the old First Division, with Brown helping the Canaries to an impressive 12th place finish before being sold on to Fulham for �100,000 at the end of the season.

The Tamworth-born defender went on to become a real fans' favourite during a four-year spell at Craven Cottage, once scoring 12 goals from defence to help to Londoners to promotion.

He later returned to Bournemouth, where he featured in the Cherries' famous 2-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United, before drifting into the non-league game after making in excess of 300 appearance for his three league clubs.

Brown tried his hand at management and had a brief spell in charge at Colchester United during the late 1980s.

He later worked as a production manager and an insurance agent.