DETAILS have been announced of the funeral service in Helensburgh for Rangers legend and former Scotland manager Bobby Brown.

Mr Brown, who had lived in the town since 1970, died aged 96 on January 15, following a short illness.

His funeral service will be held at St Michael and All Angels Church, in the town's William Street, on Friday, January 31 at 10.45am.

A Rangers player from 1946, when he signed from Queen's Park, until 1956, Mr Brown, who was born in Dunipace, Stirlingshire, played in 296 games in goal for the Ibrox club – including 179 successive league fixtures between 1946 and 1952.

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He later played for Falkirk, and became manager of St Johnstone after retiring from playing the game.

He was appointed as Scotland manager in 1967, and steered the national side to one of their most famous wins, a 3-2 victory over England at Wembley, in his first full international in charge.

That game was also the first defeat for Sir Alf Ramsey's team since their World Cup win the previous year, leading some observers to crown the Scots "unofficial world champions". 

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Mr Brown and his wife Ruth moved to Helensburgh in 1970, and he remained active in the town after Mrs Brown's death at the age of 59 in 1983.

Rangers chairman Dave King called Mr Brown "a gentleman of the game", and said he "set standards which typify what Rangers is about".

A book about his life, ‘Bobby Brown — A Life in Football, from Goals to the Dugout', was published in 2017.

Three of his successors in the Scotland dugout – Tommy Docherty, Craig Brown and Alex McLeish – attended a special lunch at Hampden Park in April 2018, organised by Variety Scotland, to mark his 95th birthday.

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A minute's silence was held before Rangers' Scottish Cup tie with Stranraer at Ibrox on Friday night.

Details of the funeral service were announced in a notice published in the January 23 print edition of the Helensburgh Advertiser.

Mr Brown's family have requested that flowers be given only by family members, but that donations may be made, if desired, to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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