Brian Deane is a Leeds-born lad who somehow slipped through the net
and didn't get picked up to play for United as a youngster. He started
out at Doncaster Rovers and joined Sheffield United a couple of years
later. He made his reputation here, scoring over 100 goals in 5 years
and becoming known for his strength and finishing.
It should have been a dream move as his hometown club smashed their
transfer record to pick him up in 1993, but things never quite worked
out. In successive years he scored against Manchester United at Elland
Road, which needless to say made him quite popular, but the goals never
came in the same quantity as they had at Sheffield and he returned to
Bramall Lane after 4 years. He spent half a season there before moving
to Portugal: it was a surprise to many that this traditional English
centre-forward was wanted by Benfica, but he didn't do too badly
in his 9 months out there.
He returned to Middlesbrough where he was in and out of favour with
the manager over the last two years. A move to Leicester suited him -
and he even managed a goal against Leeds at Elland Road in one of
those games that Leeds just threw away when 2-0 up. He's doing pretty
well down in Division 1 and has done much to help the Foxes into a
promotion spot, although he picked up an injury at the turn of the
year that has kept him out of the team for a couple of months.
Wirral Blade says: Deano is a very under estimated centre
forward. Had a fantastic partnership with Tony Agana at Bramall Lane
before transfering to Elland Road where they again poached and ruined
a Blade player, Keith Edwards, Gary Hamsom, Alex Sabella, Paul
Beesley, John Pemberton all spring to mind. Will always be remembered
for scoring from 45 yards again Liverpool at the Lane. Thank God he
never signed for the Wednesday.
Paul Vulch Foster says: I've always loved Deano - right from the
day I started watching him as a lad. I'm actually a blades fan and was
gutted when he went to Leeds but knew he was too good for us to
stay. Sadly, Brian didn't do as well as he could have done at Elland
Road but he's still special. He has his critics but I just love'im!
Hopefully, one day he'll come back to the blades where he'll always be
welcome and be a hero. I love you, Brian
Trevor says: You may not have far to travel if you still want to
see Deano play --- acording to sources he's about to be unveiled as
Halifax Town new player coach latr on this morning !!
Jim Fieldsend Snr says: Deano was always a joy to watch. With Tony
Agana, He also advanced the cause of black players in an era of soccer
racism. Leeds stole him as they have too often done. Come back
Deano. We need you. Dont worry about the loss of wages. With you
leading the line all the team will earn more in win bonuses.....
Ste says: you never knew if he was tring to score or trying to
clear it - F***IN LEGEND!!
DeeDee says: I met Brian while on vacation in St. Croix seven years
ago. I have followed his career closely and know that any team would
be lucky to have such an outstanding and dedicated player, but even
luckier to have such a wonderful man as a part of their club.
Sheridan says: leeds qpr 6-1 deano 4 england :-)
nuno "deane" couto says: brian is the best brian 4 president he is
the most outstanding forward he love him in benfica please come back
Brooky the Blade says: Brian Deane is the most gifted and natural
football player ever to have donned the red and white stripes of
SUFC. He made an imortal impression on the team and Blade fans. Come
back to the lane Brian. Deanoo!!!