George Brown

George Brown, George Clark Phillips Brown, was a one-club, Rangers man. Starting out as an inside-right he was moved to the left in the club's pivotal half-back line of the 1930s, from there taking the League seven times, the Cup four times, he personally also winning nineteen caps and captaining the national side twice.

George had been born, the son of an engine fitter in Possilpark, Glasgow in 1907. He grew up in the area too, both parents local, but was to begin to come to footballing notice when he first went up to Glasgow University at seventeen, he would qualify as an English teacher, and then at again local junior club, Ashfield. Indeed, it was from Ashfield that he went to Ibrox in 1929, there for the next thirteen seasons.

After playing, officially in 1942, effectively 1941 from when he served in the RAF as a trainer for the remainder of the War, in his professional life George Brown would post-War first work as an English teacher at what was then Hamilton Crescent Public School and is now Hyndland Primary, on what is now Fortrose St. in Partick, was Hamilton Crescent and somewhat fittingly overlooks the Cricket Ground of the same name, the World's first venue for the international game. He then went on in 1963 to be headteacher of Bellahouston Academy. But meantime his association with the game did not end. Off-field he was in 1943 appointed as a director of The Gers, remaining in position until the 1970s. 

And whilst still a player, of course, he had married, at twenty-nine in 1936, in Glasgow to Margaret Stirling. They were to have two children but sadly she was to die relatively young, at fifty-six in 1965, George surviving her by the best part of a decade and half. His passing would be in the Western Infirmary in 1988 at the age of eighty-one.

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