Geoff Brown (businessman)
|Known for||Chairman of St Johnstone FC 1986 to 2011, businessman (construction), racehorse owner|
|Title||St Johnstone FC Chairman|
In 1970, Brown founded G. S. Brown Construction, which specialises in homebuilding. Brown is still chairman of the company, which is a family business, with two of his sons also on the board of directors. In June 2011, it was revealed that the company was set to become the shirt sponsors of the club, to mark Brown's quarter-century as chairman.
Brown took control of St. Johnstone in 1986, when they were in deep financial trouble and near the bottom of the Scottish Football League. A rights issue raised £150,000, which solved the club's short-term financial problems.
Alex Totten was soon appointed as manager. Under his guidance, the club made a rise from second-bottom in the Scottish Second Division in 1986 to mid-table in the Scottish Premier Division in late 1990. During this period, Brown oversaw the sale of Muirton Park to Asda and the club's move to a newly built McDiarmid Park stadium in the Tulloch area of the city, which was opened in 1989.
In August 2006, to mark Brown's twentieth anniversary as chairman of St. Johnstone, the Perthshire Advertiser published his best-of-Saints XI from the past two decades:
- Alan Main
- Mark Treanor
- Callum Davidson
- Tommy Turner
- Sergei Baltacha
- Alan Kernaghan
- Allan Moore
- John O'Neil
- Roddy Grant
- Paul Wright
- Harry Curran
Brown married his wife, Joyce, in 1962 and they have three sons (Stuart, Steve and Scott) and a daughter, Susan. His son, Steve, succeeded him as chairman of St Johnstone. Brown is also a racehorse owner and breeder.
Brown underwent a successful operation for prostate cancer in July 2001.
- "Chairman Brown set for St Johnstone sponsorship" - Perthshire Advertiser, 10 June 2011
- St. Johnstone FC
- "St Johnstone unveil Steve Lomas as new manager as chairman Geoff Brown stands down". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 3 November 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- Webster, Geoff (7 March 2011). "Silver guns for Aintree gold". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- Article from The Herald - includes a snippet about Brown
- Article from the Daily Record - "I'm Browned Off..."
- Hail the new manager Brown (right) with Saints manager Owen Coyle (centre) and his assistant Jim Weir (left)