Harlequins legend Brown receives shipment to Stoop after final home game
Mike Brown may not have been able to play against the Newcastle Falcons in the Harlequins’ last game of the season at the Stoop on Saturday, but he received a fitting farewell from their most capped player.
The full-back is set to join Saturday’s opponents at Newcastle next season, ending his 17-year stint at Quins, but was unable to play as he is still serving his six-game suspension for a card red against the Wasps on May 9. .
Instead of playing, there was a small post-victory ceremony held 54-26 by longtime England Brown and Quins teammate Danny Care.
The 35-year-old has brought up some of his memories at the Stoop through his 351 appearances, including of course the Premiership victory in 2012, while also touching on the drama surrounding his departure.
“Playing for this club means everything to me, it’s been special,” said the England international with 72 caps.
“Most of my time at this club has fond memories, under the lights of the Stoop, of European games, of games where we scored in the last few minutes to win, on the road to Premiership victory and then in coming back and partying in the field with Minty’s [Nick Easter] Famous song. These days will always live on in my heart, in my head.
“Sport is unpredictable, you think you’re going to be in one place for your entire career, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. But I have so many special memories.
“I have played with some amazing players like this group here who can go on and achieve anything they want over the next couple of weeks and I will be your biggest supporter.”
Don’t think there was a dry eye in the house after that.
– Harlequins (@Harlequins) June 12, 2021
After finishing fourth in the Gallagher Premiership, Quins will travel to Ashton Gate next week to face the Bristol Bears in the semi-finals. Brown will not be available for this game, and the final if they progress.
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