The India Spurs inspired campaign to have our legendary goalkeeper Bill Brown inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame has proved successful. On Sunday evening the Hall of Fame announced at Hampden Park the home of Scottish football that he was indeed one of this years inductees.
Bill now stands alongside his old team mates John White, Dave Mackay (both from the Double team) and Alan Gilzean. As well as fellow Spurs Richard Gough and Steve Archibald.
I was delighted when I checked the Scottish news this morning to see Bill was included. It was just a year ago that whilst researching an article for the India Spurs website I discovered his omission. I immediately contacted the Hall of Fame and nominated him.
Then with the full support of India Spurs set about ensuring his election. We must thank John Fennelly and Andy Porter (who sadly died a few days ago) at THFC for their amazing support. The campaign had the support of his family and his other clubs. Northampton Town included the campaign and an article in their match day programme. They also wrote to the Hall of Fame supporting Bill’s inclusion. Dundee FC and their supporters club who both included it on their websites. The campaign including bringing it to the attention of various newspapers in the areas where Bill lived and worked as well as the Scottish national press and the Football Writers Association. Thank you also to all the individuals around the world who helped right this oversight. A special thank you to Colin Lobban at the Scottish Football Museum based at Hampden Park for his guidance and support.
The footballing fates decided the announcement should come on the same day that THFC were marking the 10th anniversary of the passing of his old manager. We also lost Bill Brown ten years ago this December.
This campaign has certainly raised the profile of India Spurs. It does mean of course my next UK trip will include a trip to Glasgow. In the meantime I know the Hall of Fame are keen to include players from an earlier period. I am putting together some names, any suggestions welcomed.
A profile of Bill Brown can be found on the India Spurs web page.
Link - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/bill-brown
31/10/2014 03:35:01 am
Absolutely brilliant, thoroughly deserved.Let's keep up the goof work IndiaSpurs ! COYS!
31/10/2014 03:41:29 pm
It's wonderful to see the effort our supporters club has done to get Billy inducted into this pretegious fame.
31/10/2014 03:46:27 pm
Well done guys , that's the spirit really feel proud to be a Spurs supporter because of the passion with which we support our team or any good cause like this one :)
31/10/2014 03:47:06 pm
Great work guys! Absolutely brilliant! COYS
31/10/2014 04:16:17 pm
Brilliant work yiddos! Really proud! COYS!!
31/10/2014 04:19:24 pm
Brilliant act. I love the way IndiaSpurs is standing up for such causes.
31/10/2014 04:22:53 pm
That's a big achievement for India Spurs.. Hats Off to Keith and all who have contributed.
31/10/2014 04:46:18 pm
This is awesome. Most of us wouldn't have seen Bill play but his contribution to the legendary Double as a goalkeeper would be up there with the rest.
31/10/2014 04:56:51 pm
That's a really great work done by Keith and India Spurs. Kudos! COYS :)
1/11/2014 07:04:51 pm
Great news Keith. Well done. Be sure to give us at Glasgow Spurs a shout if/when you make it up here.
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