TODAY marks the 94th birthday of one of the greatest goalkeepers ever to play for the club, Bobby Brown.

Brown enjoyed a glittering career with Rangers as he formed the final line of resistance behind the club’s famous Iron Curtain defence.

A decade long spell with the Light Blues saw him make 296 appearances and collect eight winner’s medals including three league titles, a famous treble in 1949 and the country’s first ever League Cup in 1947.

He maintains fond memories of that time and hopes to see the club competing for major honours again in the near future.

Brown said: “I remember it well. Sadly most of those players are no longer with us, but my memory is of those men and the ecstasy that we as players exuded after winning that trophy.

“It wasn’t a case of having an open top bus or anything like that. It was just part of our job to win so we went back to the old St Enoch hotel.

“We had a meal and the directors came in and spoke with us and that was the Rangers that I know, great players and great memories.

“We won the treble two years later and we won the league by a narrow margin. The competition then in the top division was fierce.

“I hope very much that while I’m still on this planet I see the Rangers back up there and heading the top division.

“I want to see them back as a force in football not only in Scotland but in Europe where they belong. ”

Brown moved on to Falkirk when his playing days with Rangers ended, before turning to management with St Johnstone, later taking on the Scotland job in early 1967.

He led the national team for the first time in a game that saw his side famously defeat world champions England 3-2 at Wembley with Jim Baxter as the Auld Enemy’s chief tormentor.

However it was his time at Rangers that he remembers most fondly. He added: “Queens Park were very good to me  but my allegiance changed when I left to become professional and my memories of Rangers, of Mr Struth and of the players we had and the bond we shared are special.

“We all played together and were there for life really. In those days players were bound to the club in a different way to nowadays when players might come for a year or two. There was continuity in those days.”

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