Craig Brown (footballer)

Craig Brown (footballer)
Craig Brown
Personal information
Full name James Craig Brown CBE
Date of birth 1 July 1940 (1940-07-01) (age 71)
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1958–1962 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1968 Dundee 78 (2)
1968–1971 Falkirk 42 (1)
Total 120 (3)
Teams managed
1977–1986 Clyde
1986–1993 Scotland U21
1993–2001 Scotland
2002–2004 Preston North End
2009–2010 Motherwell
2010– Aberdeen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Craig Brown CBE (born 1 July 1940 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. He is currently manager of Aberdeen.

Brown has previously managed Motherwell, Preston North End and Clyde. He was manager of Scotland from 1993 to 2001, the longest tenure for a Scotland manager. Under Brown, Scotland qualified for both Euro '96 in England and the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

He was awarded the CBE in 1999 for services to football.[1]

His brother is commentator Jock Brown.


Playing career

Educated at the former Hamilton Academy, Brown played for the school in Scottish schools competitions [2][3][4] and in youth and junior international teams, before joining Rangers in 1958 from Coltness United, aged just 19. He failed to find a regular first team place, and moved to Dundee in October 1960, where he won a League Championship medal. Brown stayed at Dundee for four and a half years, but was never a first team regular and only made 16 appearances for the Dark Blues. He signed for Falkirk in 1968 and went on to make 17 appearances at Brockville. He called time on his playing career in 1971 after five operations on his knee.

Managerial career


Brown quickly showed a keen interest in being involved in the coaching side of football and he became assistant manager of Motherwell in 1974. He got his first managerial job as part-time manager of Clyde in 1977, where he spent ten seasons - winning the Second Division championship in 1982 - whilst also working as a primary school head teacher then a lecturer in primary education.


He returned to football full-time in 1986 when Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh appointed him as assistant manager. Brown was also in charge of Scotland's youth teams. In 1989, he coached Scotland's Under-16s to the final of the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and three years later coached the under-21s to the semi-finals of the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Brown was appointed as manager of Scotland in December 1993, having been caretaker manager for the games against Italy and Malta. Brown took Scotland to Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, but resigned in 2001 having failed to take Scotland to Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002. He was replaced by German Berti Vogts. Under Brown, Scotland beat England in the last ever Euro Championship qualifier at the old Wembley in 1999 by one goal to nil, although they lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate. He took charge of Scotland for 70 international matches, more than any other Scotland manager.

Preston North End

He then had a spell in club management when he was appointed as manager of Preston North End in 2002 but left by mutual consent on 29 August 2004 after a poor start to the league campaign.[5] He later had a brief spell as football consultant at Derby County under former protégé Billy Davies, helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2006-07.

In October 2008, 68-year-old Brown was linked to the vacant managerial position with Scottish First Division side Dundee, but the job went to Jocky Scott.[6]


On 28 December 2009 it was announced that Brown would be taking charge of Motherwell, with Archie Knox as his assistant.[7] Brown and Knox established Motherwell in the top six of the Scottish Premier League during their time in charge.[8]


Brown, who was working without a contract at Motherwell, rebuffed an initial approach by Aberdeen on 8 December 2010.[8] He then had a change of heart after a second approach was made, and was appointed Aberdeen manager on 10 December.[9]

Personal life

His brother is commentator Jock Brown.[10]

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Scotland[11] Scotland 1 November 1993 30 October 2001 &1000000000000007000000070 &1000000000000003200000032 &1000000000000001800000018 &1000000000000002000000020 &1000000000000004571000045.71
Preston North End[12] England 29 April 2002 29 August 2004 &10000000000000106000000106 &1000000000000003600000036 &1000000000000003000000030 &1000000000000004000000040 &1000000000000003396000033.96
Motherwell[12] Scotland 29 December 2009 10 December 2010 &1000000000000004500000045 &1000000000000002100000021 &1000000000000001000000010 &1000000000000001400000014 &1000000000000004667000046.67
Aberdeen[12] Scotland 13 December 2010 Present &1000000000000004100000041 &1000000000000001400000014 &1000000000000001800000018 &100000000000000090000009 &1000000000000003414999934.15







  1. ^ "Sports stars top the list". BBC News. 12 June 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Hamilton Advertiser article. 21 May 2009
  3. ^ Evening Times article 'Every picture tells a story:Craig Brown, Part 1.' 15 April 2004
  4. ^ The Herald article - 'The rise and rise of a well honoured manager' 12 July 1999
  5. ^ "Brown leaves Preston post". BBC Sport. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Davies, Brown linked with Dundee". BBC Sport. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Brown given stint at Motherwell, BBC Sport, 29 December 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Aberdeen name Craig Brown as new manager at Pittodrie". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aberdeen name Craig Brown as new manager at Pittodrie". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Evening Times (Glasgow, U.K.) 12 May 2002
  11. ^ "Managers: Scottish Football Association". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "Craig Brown - manager". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 

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