John Brown (footballer, born 1915)

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John Brown
Personal information
Full name John Bell Brown
Date of birth (1915-02-21)21 February 1915
Place of birth Troon, Scotland
Date of death 30 August 2005(2005-08-30) (aged 90)[1]
Place of death Prestwick, Scotland[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
–1935 Shawfield[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1942 Clyde[2] 129 (0)
Hamilton Academical[3] (wartime) 0 (0)
1942–1944 Hibernian[2] 0 (0)
1944–1946 Gillingham[4] 8 (0)
1946–1948 Hibernian[2] 12 (0)
1948–1949 Dundee[2] 14 (0)
1949–1950 Kilmarnock[2] 1 (0)
National team
1938 Scottish League XI[5] 1 (0)
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Brown (21 February 1915 – 30 August 2005) was a Scottish former association football player, who played as a goalkeeper. At club level he played for Clyde, Hamilton, Hibernian, Dundee and Kilmarnock, helping Clyde win the 1939 Scottish Cup.[6] He also played once for the Scotland national football team, in a 1939 British Home Championship match against Wales.

Brown's football career was clearly interrupted by the Second World War, as his two greatest achievements, winning a Scotland cap and the Scottish Cup, came during the last season completed before the war. Brown only conceded one goal in the whole competition en route to winning the Scottish Cup, a penalty kick in a 4–1 win against Rangers.[1] He later complained that he would not have conceded even that solitary goal if Rangers had used their regular penalty taker, Bob McPhail, because Brown knew where McPhail normally placed his penalties.[1]

During the war, he entered the service of the Royal Navy, while making guest appearances for Hamilton. He transferred to Hibernian in 1942, but played for Gillingham of England's Kent League between 1944 and 1946.[7] Upon returning to Hibernian, he helped them win the Scottish league championship in 1947–48.[1]

Brown then had spells with Dundee and Kilmarnock before retiring as a player in 1950. He then became a physiotherapist, working for Kilmarnock, the All Blacks[1] and the Scotland national rugby union team. Brown was the first person to serve in that function for the Scotland rugby side.[1]

Brown was part of a sizeable sporting family. His sons Peter and Gordon (Broon frae Troon) both played for Scotland at rugby union,[1] while two of his brothers, Tom and Jim, also played professional football. Jim was selected by the United States for the 1930 FIFA World Cup. Brown himself was also a talented player of both badminton and golf, playing off a scratch handicap.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The original 'Broon from Troon'". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). 1 September 2005. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f JOCK BROWN, Newcastle Fans.
  3. ^ Brown only played for Hamilton as a wartime guest player, and would not have played in an official league match for the club.
  4. ^ Brown made eight Kent League appearances for Gillingham in the 1945–46 season but also played in unofficial wartime matches in the previous season.
  5. ^ "John 2 Brown". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Broon frae Troon". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). 29 January 2003. 
  7. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 55. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 

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