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Who is Ciaron Brown? All you need to know about the Cardiff player handed his Northern Ireland debut against Luxembourg

Ciaran Brown makes his debut for Northern Ireland in a friendly against Luxembourg.
Ciaran Brown makes his debut for Northern Ireland in a friendly against Luxembourg.
The Northern Ireland tram train at Windsor Park.

There was a debutant named amongst the Northern Ireland starting line-up for the friendly against Luxembourg.

So just who is Ciaron Brown?

All you need to know about Ciaron Brown

Age: 21

Position: Defence (predominantly centre-half)

Club: Cardiff City

Hometown: Hillingdon, London, England

How does he qualify for Northern Ireland: His mother is from Belfast

International experience: N/A. Brown was handed his very first international call-up last week, when he was named in Ian Baraclough's Under 21 panel for the first time. Little did we know then that his senior debut would arrive only six days later.

He's a Wealdstone Raider: Remember the Wealdstone Raider? Google him. Anyway, Brown kick-started his career at Wealdstone FC when he joined from amateur side Bedfont Sports in 2016. He went on to play over 50 times for the National League South side before being spotted by a club far higher up the English football period.

Here he is coming up from the back and boshing in a big header for Wealdstone:

Cardiff's calling: Brown joined the Welsh club in January 2018 and was first named in a match-day senior squad in August that year, on the bench in an EFL Cup defeat to Norwich.

The United Kingdom tour continues: Brown made it to Scotland in January 2019 when he joined Scottish Premiership side Livingston on loan. He would go on to start four league games for the club before returning to Cardiff this summer.

Finally a Cardiff club debut: Brown's progress has been rewarded this season with a first start for Cardiff last week, playing 90 minutes of the 3-0 EFL Cup defeat to Luton Town.

What's been said about him? Livingston boss Gary Holt, after giving the natural centre-half his club debut at left-back, heaped praise on his efforts and shone a light into his character: “Ciaron is one of those boys who would play up front and put his body on the line if I told him to, which is all you want as a manager. He’s a good honest boy who wants to learn his trade and play football. He wants to give everything for himself, first and foremost, but also his team-mates, the staff, the fans and his family. He has a real hunger which is refreshing to see.”

And the most important fact: He's got great hair; a long, dark ponytail. You love to see it.

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