Our new 'Huddersfield Town greats' mini-series will focus on five of the most iconic, legendary players to have adorned the blue and white stripes during the club's 106-year history.

After Tuesday's profile of England World Cup winner Ramon 'Ray' Wilson, we now switch our attentions slightly further up the field to a man who proved to be the most prolific striker Town have ever boasted - George Brown.

Brown was born in Mickley, Northumberland on 22 June 1903 and started out with his local club, Mickley Juniors, before assisting the colliery in his home town.

Amazingly, but for a miners' strike in 1921, Brown may never have gone on to become a professional footballer.

Although on a good wage at the time, money was sparse during the strike and in the March of that year, Brown went for a trial with Town, where he would impress sufficiently to merit a professional deal at the club.

His arrival coincided with the departure of Ambrose Langley and Herbert Chapman's appointment, with Chapman and Brown two of the chief reasons behind Town's rise to prominence in English football.

Throughout his 17-year career, he was widely considered to be a productive dribbler of the ball and was able to convert the smallest of chances in to so much more if he was afforded the opportunity.

If a defence hesitated for so much as a second, Brown was the type of player who would make them pay in an instant with one swing of his favoured right foot.

He was also renowned for the ferocity and, most importantly, the accuracy of his shots from range, traits which saw him earn the nickname 'Bomber'.

While his power was perhaps the most memorable weapon within his armoury, Brown was composure personified in the penalty area, something that led to him scoring a club-record 159 goals for the Terriers during his eight-year stint.

Brown also equalled another record for most goals scored in a league season (35) during the 1925/1926 campaign, a feat first achieved by Sammy Taylor - who would score 41 in total - in the 1919/1920 season.

His 159-goal haul took in 142 in the league across 213 appearances with a further 17 goals a byproduct of Town's runs to two FA Cup finals during that period, encompassing 16 games.

Huddersfield Town 1925-26 (shortly before they clinched the first ever hat trick of English League football titles) Back row, from left: Harry Cawthorne, Tommy Wilson, Roy Goodall, Ted Taylor, Willie Watson, Billy Smith. Front, from left: Alex Jackson, George Brown, Willie Devlin, Clem Stephenson, Sam Wadsworth
Huddersfield Town 1925-26 (shortly before they clinched the first ever hat trick of English League football titles) Back row, from left: Harry Cawthorne, Tommy Wilson, Roy Goodall, Ted Taylor, Willie Watson, Billy Smith. Front, from left: Alex Jackson, George Brown, Willie Devlin, Clem Stephenson, Sam Wadsworth
 

James Vaughan actually forced Town's greatest goalscorer down the pecking order with regards to a record for the quickest player to reach 10 goals in a season. Vaughan actually missed out to Andy Booth by just three days despite having the chance to beat him in a 0-0 draw at Blackburn.

He was, naturally, highly-placed but not quite as quick off the mark as Booth, who reached 10 goals by September 24. Brown, who had a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at Everton to thank for reaching the milestone so swiftly, sealed the feat with a goal in a 4-0 win over Leeds United on October 17 during 1925/1926.

His 35 goals acted as a catalyst for Town to secure the third edition of their three Division One title wins in the mid-1920's and led to him winning the first of his eight England call-ups as a Town player in October 1926, when he scored against Northern Ireland in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Perhaps Brown's only regret during his time at Town was that he did not feature during Town's first and only FA Cup final win over Preston North End and the other cup final he appeared in - the 3-1 reverse to Blackburn Rovers in 1928 - represented a personal and collective blow.

The 1926/1927 and 1927/1928 seasons also saw Town fall from first place to second as Newcastle United and then Everton pipped Chapman's men to the title.

Nonetheless, Brown secured a £5,000 move to Aston Villa a year later and went on to net 89 goals in 126 outings for the Villans while also earning another England cap to bring his tally to 9.

He also represented the Football League on one occasion and, at the end of his international career, Brown had scored five goals for England, each coming during his time as a Town player.

'Bomber' would go on to spend five years in the west Midlands before moving back up north to Burnley where he spent one year before switching back to west Yorkshire and a move to Leeds United.

He finished his career back where he started, in the north east of the country, with Darlington in a player-manager capacity between October 1936 and October 1938 before retiring.

At each club he represented, Brown maintained his remarkably high goalscoring standards and after stepping away from the game, he later became a licensee in the Aston and Shirley districts of Birmingham, having been a guest for Sutton Town and Shirley during World War Two.

Brown, the nephew of former Manchester United and England forward Joe Spence, sadly died in Birmingham at the age of just 44 on 10 June 1948, less than two weeks prior to his 45th birthday but left behind a majestic goalscoring legend which will always be fondly remembered.

As if that wasn't enough for Town fans to feast on, Brown was also the most lethal marksman for the club against Leeds, having scored eight times against the old enemy, while he also helped them to their sole FA Charity Shield win in 1922 to mark him out as a true Terriers legend.

Huddersfield Town greats: Malcolm 'Mally' Brown - click here to read our profile     

Huddersfield Town greats: Ramon 'Ray' Wilson - click here to read our profile   

Friday: Billy Smith

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