Veteran swaps Old Trafford for the Stadium of Light.
1979: Born October 13, Longsight, Manchester
1996: Signs professional contract with Manchester United after progressing through their youth set up.
1998: Makes first team debut in the final home game of the 1997-98 season as United beat Leeds 3-0.
1999: April – Wins first England cap against Hungary after impressing during first full season in the United side.
May – Part of the United squad that complete a remarkable treble of the Premiership, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
August – Knee ligament damage picked up in pre-season training means Brown misses the entire 1999-2000 campaign.
2000: Returns for the beginning of the 2000-01 season and forges an impressive partnership with Jaap Stam at the heart of United’s defence as United claim their third consecutive league title.
2001: Medial ligament injury in December puts 2002 World Cup ambitions in doubt.
2002: Named in England World Cup squad but an unconvincing performance at right-back during a warm game against Cameroon sees him consigned to the bench for the duration of the tournament.
2003: May – United regain Premiership crown from Arsenal but Brown misses out on the final day celebrations at Everton after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage at Goodison Park.
2004: Returns to the United side in the new year. Sir Alex Ferguson proclaims Brown to be the “best natural defender in England” after his man-of-the-match performance in the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Arsenal in April. United beat Millwall 3-0 in the cup final but Brown misses out on a place in the England squad for Euro 2004.
2005: Wins back his England place for February’s friendly with Holland and is named in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for the summer tour of the USA.
2006: Plays alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence as United win the League Cup with a 4-0 win over Wigan, but misses out on that summer’s England World Cup squad.
2007: Helps United win their first league title in four years. Injury to Gary Neville allows Brown to make the United right-back slot his own during the 2007-08 season.
2008: February – Starts at right-back for Fabio Capello’s first game in charge of England, a 2-1 win over Switzerland. Retains place for the following month’s friendly against France.
April – Signs new four-year deal with United.
August – Scores only international goal in a 2-2 friendly against Czech Republic at Wembley.
November – Ruled out for eight months after having an exploratory ankle operation. Returns to action in final game of season at Hull.
2010: August – Retires from international football one day after being selected for a friendly against Hungary.
2011: July – Signs four-year contract with Sunderland, joining for £1million