Arbroath goalkeeper picked for Hall of Fame

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On Sunday one of the footballing sons of Arbroath was awarded his rightful place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

The late Bill Brown was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Hampden Park during a black tie gala dinner hosted by Dougie Donnelly.

Born in 1931 in Arbroath, Brown, who started his career with Carnoustie Panmure juniors, was best known for his exploits as goalkeeper for Dundee FC and in 1959 joined Spurs where he was part of the squad which claimed the league and cup double in 1960/61 and also the FA Cup win in 1962, the first British team in the 20th century to achieve that feat.

He also played in the Spurs side that became the first British team to win a European trophy, namely the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963, a full four years ahead of Celtic.

Brown picked up 28 caps playing for Scotland, with his debut against France in 1958 during the World Cup in Sweden.

His international career came to an end in 1965 with his final game being against Italy.

In later life he moved to Canada and he is survived there by his widow Elaine, a son and two daughters.

Accepting the award on their behalf was his nephew, Arbroath man David Cargill.

Brown is the first Arbroath footballer to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Also inducted on the night were Charlie Nicholas, formerly Celtic and Arsenal; Peter Lorimer, Leeds United; Davie Wilson, Rangers; and to mark the centenary of the start of World War One the McCrae’s Battalion of volunteers from Scottish football.