July 07, 2010

Brown leaves Leicester following BNP row

Preston North End have signed Wayne Brown following the defender's departure from Leicester City by mutual consent.

Brown was left out of Leicester's squad for their play-off semi-final matches against Cardiff after he angered teammates, including PFA chairman Chris Powell, by revealing he had voted BNP in the recent general election.

At the time, PFA Deputy Chief Executive Bobby Barnes expressed his disappointment at Brown's decision.

The PFA has worked for many years with a number of anti-racism bodies to try and eradicate racism from the sport, at all levels, and Barnes felt Brown’s actions had ‘set the movement back’.

“Football has worked hard over the years to really be a beacon in the fight against racism and it is very discouraging to hear these comments when you think of the tireless work so many people, and so many organisations, have put in to get to where we are today.

“In my day as a player you had to contend with racist comments coming from the terraces, so for this to come from within a dressing room is very, very disappointing and our members are angry that Wayne Brown was not prepared to abide by our mission statement.”

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Anonymous said...

Maybe Preston are hoping to get some of the hardcore neonazi Bolton EDL to pop down the road for matches.

Very disappointing indeed!

Anonymous said...

So why on earth did Preston sign him?

ex-fascist said...

PNE will now have a reputation for being the club that tolerates nazis and racism. I hope their decent supporters will boycott them.

Anonymous said...

No matter how badly behaved a footballer is, some other club will always pick him up on a free transfer and make out they've got a bargain.

Anonymous said...

absolutely disgraceful - this BNP supporter will now be paraded in Preston's schools as a 'hero' for children to look up to. Parents are urged to check that their children are not receiving visits from Preston North End Players. Also please do not support the club or its sponsors commercially until this transfer is cancelled.

Club sponsors include:
Enterprise PLC (shirt sponsor)
Campbell's Caravans - Alan Kelly Town End Sponsors
Puma (shirt manufacturer)
Westinghouse (stand sponsor)
The New Football Pools - Invincibles Pavilion Stand Sponsors
Thomas Cook - Official Travel Partners
Total Bitumen - Community Stand Sponsor and major partner of the Community department
Primetime Recruitment - Official Recruitment partner
George Banks Jewellers - Man of the Match Sponsors
Frank Whittle Partners - sponsors

Also the club's major benefactor and new owner is Trevor Hemmings, whose company is Northern Trust, which can be contacted at

Lynton House
Ackhurst Park
Foxhole Road

telephone (0)1257 238555

His son Patrick, one of his principal lieutenants, is contactable on email at phemmings@northerntrust.co.uk