Manager Craig Brown dies aged 82
The Former Scotland manager Craig Brown dies aged 82, due to short Illness. Aberdeen FC said everyone was “heartbroken” over the former club boss’s death, while the country’s national team described him as a “true Scotland legend”.
Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon also paid tribute, saying he was a “truly lovely man”.
Brown Craig was born in Glasgow on July 1, 1940, started his career as senior player at Rangers but had his time at Ibrox after he picked up a serious Knee Injury. He also played for Dundes and Falkirk before moving into his managerial Career.
Brown took charge of Clyde in 1977 and went on to win two second Division titles. He also went on to manage Preston North end, Motherwell and Aberdeen but his time, incharge of the Scottish natinal sides is what catapulted him into a household name.
He led the U16 to the world cup finals in 1989, where he proved that no one can take charge of the Senior Men’s team more than himself.
On the managerial career, Roy Hodgson had decided to stay another year in Crystal palace until summer 2024.
Dave Cormack about Craig Brown
“Since 2010 Craig performed the roles of manager, director, and ambassador at Aberdeen FC. Craig was a friend to all of us at the club, and a mentor and confidante to many.
“He was one of those rare individuals who was not only effective at what he did but universally loved by all who got to know him. A gentleman who loved his family, friends, and football.
“Personally, I’ll always be grateful for the support and encouragement he gave me as chairman, and I’ll miss his legendary stories that made all of us laugh.
“Sincere condolences to his family and friends from everyone at Aberdeen FC.”
The Scotland national team described Brown as a “true Scotland legend”.
Clyde FC added: “Everyone at Clyde is incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of our former manager Craig Brown.
“Craig took charge of 409 games from 1977 to 1986 and won Second Division championship twice with the Bully Wee.
“Our thoughts are with Craig’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Other Tweets about Craig Brown’s death
Stenhousemuir FC also paid tribute, tweeting: “Every so often someone comes along and, although they’re not connected with a club, they have a huge influence on them.
“Craig Brown was exactly that and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Craig’s friends and family.”
Former minister Ms Sturgeon also paid her respects, tweeting: “So sorry to hear that Craig Brown has died. I last saw him in March at my uncle’s retirement from Ayr Racecourse.
“He was in fine form – full of laughs and anecdotes from his life in football. He was an outstanding manager of [the] Scotland National Team and a truly lovely man.”
Gillian Mackay MSP, sports spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: “Craig Brown’s career was forged in Falkirk, fantastic in France, and he will be remembered fondly across the footballing world as a player, manager and mentor.
“He dared us to dream the impossible, and his legacy lives on even today. Our thoughts go to all his family and friends at this sad time, and we hope they can draw some solace from the memories he helped make.” On other hand, Steven Jerrad becomes new manager AL-Ettifaq.
Brown’s words about his career
“As a young player, a schoolboy, as a youth player, I think I was a good player. I was never going to be Jim Baxter or Billy Bremner, but if I hadn’t had the injury, I would have been less bad. I was playing with the Scottish U18 team with Billy McNeill and we were training at Celtic Park.
“I had one or two offers and eventually I signed for Rangers. They didn’t have a qualified physio and I got an injury. I wasn’t treated at all, I limped about. Then Bob Shankly got me on loan to Dundee and I did quite well. I went on a six-month loan and when my loan period was up, they bought me.
“Dundee had a very good team, it was hard to get into that team, they won the Championship. It was Liney, Hamilton and Cox, Seith, Ure and Wishart, Smith, Penman, Cousin, Gilzean and Robertson. If anyone got hurt, then Brown would get a game.”