Vanarama National League South club Basingstoke Town have announced the appointment of Terry Brown as their new manager.

The move follows the departure of Michael Gilkes, with the former Reading and Wolves winger leaving the club on Monday.

Brown will meet the squad and take charge of training on Tuesday night and will announce his coaching set up for the remainder of this season and for next season in due course.

Brown has vast experience at this level of football having managed, Hayes, Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon and Margate.

In nine years in charge of Hayes he managed to take the Middlesex side from the brink of relegation from the Isthmian League Premier Division to third in the Football Conference, just six points behind champions Cheltenham Town.

But with a diminishing budget and his best players sold to make ends meet, Brown saw his side slip into a relegation dogfight. Frustrated, he applied for the Aldershot Town job and was selected for the job ahead of 50 other candidates.basingstoke

Brown was appointed as Aldershot manager in March 2002, the 10th anniversary of the town’s old club Aldershot being wound up in the High Court.

He built a squad capable of achieving the club promotion in his first full season in charge and managed to win the league by a clear 13 points from nearest rivals, Canvey Island.

Brown and his part-time players had an impressive first Conference National season, upstaging expectations by qualifying for the end of season play-offs. Aldershot beat favourites Hereford United on penalties before finally succumbing to Shrewsbury Town in the final.

The following season, now with a full-time squad, Brown managed to equal the achievements of the previous season by again qualifying for the play-offs – despite playing less fluent football than in the previous campaign. This time, however, luck was not on Brown’s side, as his team went down to another penalty shoot out defeat, this time to Carlisle United, despite leading 3–1 at one point in spot kicks.

After two consecutive play-off losses, much was expected of Brown in the 2005–06 season. The eventual 13th-place finish was seen as an underachievement by all and forced Brown to almost completely restructure his entire squad in the summer of 2006.

Brown resigned one day before his fifth anniversary with the club to take care of his wife Susan who has leukaemia. His final match was a 1–0 win against Weymouth on 27 March 2007.

He returned to the game in May 2007 as the new manager of AFC Wimbledon, following the resignation of Dave Anderson.

terry brown 200He was joined at Wimbledon by Stuart Cash, who had been his assistant at Aldershot, and who joined the Dons directly from Lewes. In his first season, they were promoted to the Conference South after a 2–1 play-off final win against Staines Town.

In the summer of 2008, Brown released eight of the promotion winning side. He said he wanted to build a more youthful side that could compete for promotion out of the Conference South. He led the team to the Conference South title, meaning they won promotion to the Conference National.

After their first season in the Conference National, Wimbledon finished 8th and in the close season Brown went about rebuilding his squad with a younger fresher look to it. This was because the club had decided to go full-time for the first time in its 8-year history.

On 21 May 2011 led AFC Wimbledon to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, beating Luton Town 4–3 on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the Conference play-off final. Brown led them to safety in their first year in the football league.

Brown was sacked as manager of AFC Wimbledon on 19 September 2012 following a home defeat to Torquay United.

After a year out of the game Brown was appointed manager of Isthmian League club Margate in December 2013 and guiding them to promotion to the National League South in 2015.

However, he was sacked in December 2015 after a defeat to St Albans City and will now return to the game with Basingstoke.

His first game in charge will be a home fixture against Oxford City on Saturday

Source: Basingstoke Town FC

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