Darren G. Eales '95
Hometown: Cambridge, England
Year Inducted: 2012
Often referred to as an “electrifying” player, Darren Eales is one of the most dominant strikers to have performed on the Stevenson Field pitch. In his three-year career as a Bear, he scored 83 points (31g, 21a), becoming the fourth-leading point scorer in Brown history. He currently holds the school record for consecutive games with a point (12), and is tied for the record for consecutive games with a goal (9).
The Cambridge, England native played his first year of collegiate soccer at West Virginia, claiming Rookie of the Week honors twice and earning his way onto the All-Atlantic 10 First Team in his time as a Mountaineer. After a seamless transition to Brown, his presence was immediately felt in the Ivy League, as he led the league in scoring with nine goals and seven assists during his sophomore year. Eales was named first team All-Ivy for each of his three seasons at Brown, and was honored twice as a member of the Academic All-Ivy team. He was also recognized with the Heinz Kuebel Award, given to the team’s best offensive player, for each of his campaigns, as well as the Cliff Stevenson MVP Award for his outstanding play in 1992 and 1994.
In the fall of 1994, Eales elevated his level of play in tandem with that of the Brown men’s soccer team. The Bears finished the season as the co-Ivy League Champions, with a record of 13-4-1 (5-1-1 in Ivy League play), their best in 20 years. In a season where he was named the Soccer America Player of the Week on two separate occasions, Eales led the Ivy League in scoring with 16 goals and seven assists, including seven game-winning goals and four two-game goals. Brown’s season culminated with an NCAA tournament berth and a run to the quarterfinals. Brown beat UNH in the first round, and then shocked the soccer world, beating number one ranked Boston University in the second round, led by Eales who scored twice in the contest. The Bears fell to Rutgers in the NCAA Quarterfinals, but the legacy of their incredible season and Eales’ shining performances did not go unnoticed. He became the first Brown men’s soccer player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year. He was also named an NSCAA All-American, the USA Today Student-Athlete of the Year, the ECAC Male Athlete of the Year, GTE/COSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and was honored as the recipient of the NACDA/Disney Post-Graduate Scholarship.
After graduating from Brown with 4.0 GPA and a degree in Economics, Eales signed with the Hampton Road Mariners of the USISL. In his first of two seasons with the team, he scored 24 goals in the 19 games that he played. He played five games with the Hershey Wildcats in 1997 before returning to England, earning his Cambridge Blue in 1998. He also began to study law at Cambridge University, becoming a member of the bar in 2000. After working for 2 Temple Gardens for a few years, he began work as the in-house legal counsel for West Bromwich Albion Football Club, later becoming Director and Company Secretary. Most recently, in July of 2010, Eales joined the Tottenham Hotspur as Director of Football Administration.