From one of Manchester’s roughest districts to the toughest character at Old Trafford – the local boy has come a long way. But the past year has presented his greatest challenges yet. He talks to Ian Herbert about the loss of his father and half-sister, and the mentors who shaped his life. Only the Stone Roses saw artistic merit in the place that Wes Brown will always call home. They found it in the girl there who, Ian Brown once told us, would “move like a queen of Longsight, M13.