THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, 1974-75

brownbill4 May ~ Think of the Liverpool forwards of the mid-1970s. There was Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Steve Heighway and... Derek Brownbill. Deputising for Toshack, 19-year-old Derek made his one and only Liverpool appearance at Birmingham City on September 15, 1973, a moment captured in a photo used in the following season's football card album. He was substituted – indeed this picture may be the moment when he was hauled off – with his replacement Brian Hall going on to score Liverpool's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Derek spent another year with Liverpool's reserves, often as the strike partner of another teenager David Fairclough (who was to score several important first team goals as a "supersub") before moving on to Port Vale then Wigan. By his mid-20s Derek was playing non-League football and went on to have a long managerial career at that level. Apparently the surname is a variation on Brownhill rather than anything to do with ducks.

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