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
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