Jock Brown

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This article is about the Scottish football commentator. For the Scottish footballer, see Jock Brown (footballer).

John Winton Brown (born in Kilmarnock in May 1946) is a solicitor and freelance football commentator, currently broadcasting for News UK Ltd.

Professional career[edit]

Brown is a solicitor by profession and is currently a consultant with Brodies LLP, having been a partner there until 2010.


Brown started his broadcasting career for BBC Radio Scotland before moving to Scottish Television where he became the main commentator between 1980 and 1990 before joining BBC Scotland where he stayed until 1997.He has also commentated for Sky Sports, Setanta Sports, NTL, and ITV On Digital.

Celtic FC[edit]

In 1997, he was appointed by Fergus McCann as General Manager of Celtic F.C. Brown was involved in bringing Wim Jansen to Celtic as manager. Reports suggested that the pair did not enjoy a harmonious working relationship, culminating in the resignation of Jansen after one successful season.[1] Brown was then involved in the appointment of Josef Venglos. Brown had a controversial time at Celtic, and he resigned in November 1998.[1] He is the author of a book on his time at Celtic called Celtic Minded.

Personal life[edit]

Jock Brown is the brother of former Scotland and Aberdeen F.C. manager Craig Brown. Jock Brown and his brother attended the former Hamilton Academy school, and played in the school's football teams.[2] He later graduated in law from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is a Cambridge University football Blue, having played three times against Oxford at Wembley, captaining the team on the third occasion.


  1. ^ a b Brown quits Parkhead, BBC News, 7 November 1998.
  2. ^ Evening Times (Glasgow, U.K.) 12 May 2002
Media offices
Preceded by
Archie MacPherson
Regular football commentator of Sportscene
Succeeded by
Rob MacLean
Preceded by
Arthur Montford
Regular football commentator of Scotsport
Succeeded by
Gerry McNee