FORMER Scotland international manager and Rangers great Bobby Brown has passed away at the age of 96.
During his playing days, the goalkeeper was a member of the Ibrox side’s famed Iron Curtain defence and he later he went on to manage the national team to their greatest-ever victory when they upset the odds with a spectacular performance in the 3-2 win over world champions England at Wembley in April 1967.
Brown joined Bill Struth’s team from Queen’s Park in 1946 and went on to make 296 appearances, while keeping 109 clean sheets, in his decade at Ibrox.
For six years – between August 10, 1946 and April 16, 1952 – he did not miss a league match, playing in 179 consecutive games.
He won three league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups and was an ever-present during
the 1948/49 season when Rangers became the first team in Scotland to win the treble.
Brown was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Rod Petrie, the SFA president, told Sky Sports News: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Scotland player and manager Bobby Brown.
BLOODY MARVEL…Rangers and Scotland keeper Bobby Brown in his heyday.
“Bobby holds a special place in the hearts of all Scotland supporters. He not only played for his country, becoming the last amateur player to earn a cap for Scotland, but would go on to become the nation’s first full-time manager, a role he fulfilled for four years.
“Though he served his country with distinction throughout, he is probably best remembered for his first match at the helm of the national side, when he led the team to victory over the reigning world champions England at Wembley in an iconic match that has gone down in the annals of history for all Scotland fans.
“A true legend of the Scottish game, it was only fitting that he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2015. He will be remembered fondly by all Scotland fans and the thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with his family at this difficult time.”
A minute’s silence in memory of Brown will be held prior to Rangers’ Scottish Cup-tie with Stranraer at Ibrox tomorrow night.
At Wembley in 1967, Brown handed a debut to veteran Celtic goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson – his former Queen’s Park understudy – and also gave a baptism to teenage striker Jim McCalliog, of Sheffield Wednesday.
The youngster scored the winning goal with Denis Law and Bobby Lennox chipping in with the others.
“We should have had five or six,” admitted Brown in a book about his career published in 2017. “Without a doubt it was the best managerial debut I could have been given.”