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. First up is popular defender Malcolm 'Mally' Brown.

The marauding full-back joined Town in 1977 from Bury and was one of the major factors behind two promotions under then Town manager Mick Buxton.

His form and consistency saw him line up in a remarkable club-record 259 consecutive matches between September 1978 and May 1983 before departing for Newcastle United in a £100,000 deal, becoming one of just 15 players to turn out for both sides in the process.

Sadly, Brown missed the entire 1983-84 season with a snapped achilles tendon and was unable to truly settle on Tyneside, culminating in a return to West Yorkshire with Town where he would soon rediscover the standards he had set during his previous stint at the club.

His stock would perhaps not soar to the extent it did first time around, but Brown proved a popular character amongst fans and his fellow professionals, with his four successive PFA Team of the Year selections (1979-1983) testament to that.

The 1982/1983 XI contained some stellar names, not least the likes of former Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon, Steve Bruce and Micky Adams, illustrating the worth of Brown's performances.

He was also named in the 1990/1991 team during his time at Stockport County before retiring in 1992 after a season at Rochdale, but the accolades extended well into his retirement.

Huddersfield Town's Malcolm Brown jumps for a header against Manchester City in 1987
Huddersfield Town's Malcolm Brown jumps for a header against Manchester City in 1987
 

Two years ago, we ran a vote to see who Town fans would vote as their preferred starting XI across multiple decades , with Brown making both the 1970's and 1980's teams, as well as amassing a stunning 83% of the vote for the right-back slot.

His success at the club led to one fan ranking him as the best right-back Town had ever possessed while former winger Steve Kindon suggested the injury he picked up while with Newcastle was ultimately the reason why he never went on to represent England.

The nickname of Mally indicated an appreciation and a familiarity from Town fans towards one of the finest attack-minded full-backs of that era, certainly in the middle echelons of English football, anyway.

Brown subverted all the stereotypes of modern-day offensive defenders though, combining his attacking duties with a steely defensive resolve, making him effective in both halves of the pitch.

At 6ft 2in, Brown was a commanding presence who simply refused to be knocked off the ball. While most would consider the archetypal full-back to be smaller in stature, Brown's speed allied with an indefatigable stamina stood him out from the crowd.

With a staggering consecutive appearances record to his name and having amassed a wealth of plaudits for his incessant running and committed displays down the years, Brown will always be ranked firmly in Town folklore.

Tuesday: Ray Wilson

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