Gordon Brown (footballer, born 1932)

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Gordon Brown
Personal information
Full name Gordon Brown
Date of birth 4 February 1932
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Date of death 1999
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1951 Blairhall Colliery
1951–1955 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1955–1959 Newport County 137 (14)
1959–1961 Gillingham 67 (13)
1961–? Ashford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gordon Brown (4 February 1932 – 1999) was a Scottish footballer. He made over 200 appearances in The Football League for Newport County and Gillingham between 1955 and 1961.


Brown was born in Dunfermline and, upon leaving school, worked at Blairhall Colliery, where he also played football for the colliery's team.[1] In April 1951 he came to the attention of English Football League Second Division club Blackburn Rovers and signed a contract with the Lancashire-based club. He spent four years at Ewood Park and was a regular in the club's reserve team, but proved unable to dislodge more established players from the Rovers' first team. In four seasons with the club Brown was never selected to play a first team match.[1]

In 1955 Brown was allowed to leave Rovers, and signed for Newport County of the Third Division South. He soon became a favourite with the Somerton Park crowd, and was a regular in the team for four seasons, making over 140 appearances in total and scoring 15 goals.[1] In the 1957–58 season he helped the club to its best finishing position for six seasons.[2] In 1959 he left the club to join Fourth Division club Gillingham. In his first season with the Kent-based club he played regularly as a winger and scored 12 goals to finish the season as the team's second-highest goalscorer behind Pat Terry.[3] He only scored one goal the following season, however,[4] and departed Priestfield Stadium in the summer of 1961. He later played non-league football for Ashford Town and Sittingbourne.[1] No details of his life after his playing career ended are known, although it is known that he died in 1999.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 321. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ "Newport County[1]". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 69. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  4. ^ Brown, Tony. The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. p. 70.