FORMER Scotland manager, and Helensburgh resident, Bobby Brown was honoured with a special lunch at Hampden Park recently to mark his 95th birthday.

The event was organised by Variety Scotland and saw three of Bobby’s successors in the Scotland dugout – Tommy Docherty, Craig Brown and current boss Alex McLeish – join the gathering for an afternoon of stories, nostalgia and laughter.

Bobby, who has lived in Helensburgh for 48 years, played 211 times for Rangers between 1946 and 1956 and led Scotland to a famous 3-2 win over England at Wembley in 1967 in his first match as the national team’s manager – England’s first defeat since winning the World Cup a year earlier.

A book chronicling his 31-year career in the game, ‘A Life In Football – From Goals To The Dugout’ was published last year to wide acclaim.

Iain Forbes, chairman of Variety Scotland, said: “Bobby was delighted to see former Scotland team managers and players along with his family and friends there to celebrate with him. All funds raised on the day will go to help Variety Scotland support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout Scotland.

“Bobby, we salute you!”