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Our Condolences…We’ve Got Wesley Brown

Wes Brown put pen to paper on a new contract at United following a period of months where it looked as though he was going to leave the club. He was backed 100% on RoM in regards to his contract bother, after the club really were selling him short in terms of what he was worth.

Brown has just finished the best season of his United career, in terms of form, his input on our success, and what we won. Back in 1999, Wes Brown was one of the stragglers who came rushing off the bench at the final whistle, playing little part in our domestic or European success. Last season was vastly different though, with no one playing more games for United than Brown.

In February, his father, Bancroft, died days before United were due to take on City at Old Trafford. Unlike the more celebrity footballers, Brown didn’t make a fuss, with the news about his father’s passing trickling through the media, with little said about it.

It was a hugely emotional occasion, derby day on the afternoon we were paying our respects to the people who lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. Obviously, Brown was given the option of pulling out, but declined this offer. The first (and only, probably) United cheer of the day came when Wes Brown put in a crunching tackle on a bluenose, taking them in to the stand, with less than a minute played.

In a year that has brought many highs and lows to the Longsight lad, further bad news has hit him this weekend, whilst representing United in South Africa.

Sadly, Wes Brown’s half sister, Claire Fallows, died in hospital on Saturday. The 36-year-old was pregnant with her fourth child. Brown only discovered she was his sister five years ago and is said to be devastated at losing her.

It is unknown as yet whether Brown will remain on tour to face Orlando Pirates, or return to Manchester. Our thoughts are with him.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Jak says:

    My God, poor man. He hasn’t had an easy time of it. I’m sure the team and the club and his family are giving him all the support he needs right now.

  2. Hugo says:

    My condolences to a crucial cog in the Man Utd XI – a very tough time for him and his family , Best wishes

  3. Lukenestler says:

    Very sorry to hear about that but glad he got the contract he so clearly deserved after a fantastic seson of performances for United

  4. WUM says:

    Love him, hope he gets through okay.

  5. harry says:

    RIP Claire Fallows from every man united fan around the world , 2008-2009 you proved to the world what a top class defender you are and you shup up every single one of your critics God will get you through this

  6. Eddie says:

    Im sorry for yoyur loss Wes. Both of them..

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  8. Craig Mc says:

    Wes, you are up there with Scolesy, Giggsy, Red Nev, and all the other loyalists and legends to the United cause. Sorry about your loss. They live on in your heart though Wes!.

  9. Sharath says:

    RIP Claire

  10. AlexOfMancunia says:

    So sorry to hear about his loss, especially after his Dad died a few months back.

  11. Junior medi says:

    The great Wes, take heart. We the manchester united fans in nigeria will always love you and pray for you. We care

  12. Tom F says:

    Some people have all the luck, some people take things for granted, some people think far more highly of themselves than they actually deserve to be and some people get too much praise in and out of football.

    Wes is none of the above, a family man and a United man.

    My favourite United player and somebody who inspires me.

    I hope he knows that we’re all thinking of him and his situation.

    These things only make you more inspired and stronger and I look forward to seeing Wes in the first team next season. Whatever position/

  13. suhayl says:

    RIP claire and bancroft. We re here for you wes…

    united fans..united for you

  14. nagraj says:

    condolences to one of the finer characters in our squad…
    he is probably the most underrated of our youth players…


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