Bobby Brown (footballer, born 1923)

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Bobby Brown
Personal information
Full name Robert Brown[1]
Date of birth (1923-03-19) 19 March 1923 (age 96)
Place of birth Dunipace, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1946 Queen's Park
1946–1956 Rangers 211 (0)
1956–1958 Falkirk 23 (0)
National team
1946–1952 Scotland 5 (0)
1949–1952 Scottish League 8 (0)
Teams managed
1958–1967 St Johnstone
1967–1971 Scotland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Brown (born 19 March 1923) is a retired Scottish international football player and manager. He played as a goalkeeper for Queen's Park, Rangers and Falkirk and made five international appearances for Scotland. He managed St Johnstone at club level and the Scottish national team from 1967 to 1971. He is a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Football career

Playing career

Brown was born in Dunipace, Stirlingshire. He made his debut as a goalkeeper for Queen's Park in 1939. He went on to establish himself as the first-choice goalkeeper for the next two seasons, but like many others at this time, his appearances were interrupted by the Second World War, where he served in the Navy as a physical training instructor. During this time, he played as a guest in wartime leagues for Portsmouth, Chester, Chelsea and Plymouth Argyle.[1]

Brown played in several wartime internationals and, in his last season at Hampden in 1945–46, he shared the Queen's Park goalkeeper's jersey with another future Scottish international, Ronnie Simpson. His form was rewarded with a full international call up and, in January 1946, he made his Scotland debut in a friendly against Belgium. He remains the last amateur player to earn a full international cap for Scotland and is also the last player to earn a full Scotland cap whilst still a signed player at Hampden.

At the end of the 1945–46 season Brown left Queen's Park for Rangers, where he played for ten years. During his time at Rangers he won five League championships and four Scottish Cups. He also won a further four caps for Scotland before moving to Falkirk in 1956. He appeared eight times for the Scottish League between 1949 and 1952.[2] He played for Falkirk for two years, after which he retired from playing.

Managerial career

Brown then became manager of St Johnstone. He became the first full-time Scotland manager in 1967 and his first international match as manager was a 3–2 victory over world champions England at Wembley Stadium. This game also saw Brown give his goalkeeping understudy from his Hampden days, Ronnie Simpson, his international debut. Brown continued as Scotland manager until 1971, but often found his Scotland squads depleted by club demands and results suffered accordingly.

Managerial statistics

As of 28 March 2015

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Scotland Scotland 1967 1971 28 9 8 11 032.14

Later life

After finishing with Scotland in 1971 he turned to his business interests outside football, although he remained involved in the game, scouting for Plymouth Argyle for several years.[1] As of 2017[3] he is retired and lives in Helensburgh. Brown was inducted into the Rangers FC Hall of Fame.[4] He made the draw for the Scottish League Cup quarter final on 4 October 2012.[5] Brown was featured in Episode 4 A Better World of the BBC Two documentary Britain's Greatest Generation broadcast in May 2015.[6] He was inducted to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2015.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Bobby Brown". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Bobby Brown". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. ^ Lappin, Danielle (27 July 2017). "Eye on Millig: New book recalls Bobby Brown's great days". Helensburgh Advertiser. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "SCLC Fourth Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  6. ^ Britain's Greatest Generation Retrieved 2 June 2015
  7. ^ Mullen, Scott (18 October 2015). "Ally MacLeod one of five inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

External links

  • Bobby Brown at the Scottish Football Association
  • Bobby Brown at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • BBC Radio Scotland 35 minute interview with Bobby Brown

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