Ben is the nephew of former Collingwood and Fitzroy player, James Manson. Brown represented Tasmania in the U18 National Championships in 2010 however was not drafted at the year’s end. Alternatively, Brown continued to play his football at home before moving to Melbourne in 2013 where he joined Werribee in the VFL. Brown was a part of Werribee’s finals campaign, making the preliminary final before falling short of a grand final appearance. He kicked a total of 29 goals in his 18 appearances as well as rotating through the ruck.
Following his successful VFL debut, North Melbourne recruited Ben during the NAB AFL Draft in 2014, taking the forward-ruck hybrid at pick 47. Despite facing early setbacks in his 2014 campaign, Brown bounced back and played his debut game in Round 14 against Melbourne. From his 11 appearances, Brown kicked 18 goals for the season. Most notably, Brown played his best game in North’s elimination final where he kicked 4 goals.
Brown has continued to develop as a forward, always improving on his role as a key forward. He has now established himself as one of the best key forwards in the league. This gradual improvement has come across his four seasons with North. In 2015, his second season for the club, his scorecard was 32.17 whilst in 2016 it read 41.18, the same year in which he was named among the club’s 10 best performers.
2017 was a breakout year for Ben, kicking a huge 63 goals and being North’s leading goal-kicker for two consecutive years. 63 goals saw Ben place as the 3rd best goal kicker in the league, earning himself an All-Australian nomination at the year’s end. Ben also represented Australia in the International Rules Series against Ireland, proving to be a key figure in the side’s forward line.
Brown was the shinning light in what was an otherwise disappointing 2018 for the Roos, the power forward booted a further 61 goals which placed him second in the Coleman medal. Brown is contracted to the Roos until the end of the 2020 season.