Craig Brown Player Profile


  • Full Name: James Craig Brown
  • Born: July 1st, 1940 (Glasgow)


  • Position: Wing Half
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    16 first team competitive appearances
  • Also Played For: Coltness United, Falkirk, Rangers

Dundee Career Summary

Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1961-62 9- - - - -
1962-63 5- - - - -
1963-64 2- - - - -
TOTAL 16- - - - -

Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Beginning his career at Glasgow Rangers, the future Scotland first team coach, would arrive at Dens Park in 1960 on loan after failing to make a real impact at Ibrox. Dee manager Bob Shankly would make Brown his first permanent signing the next year with the wing half becoming a regular in the first team squad. That said, Brown wouldn’t make his competitive Dundee debut until the November of ’61 and first league start until February 1962 when DFC legend Bobby Cox picked up an injury.

Brown would make a further nine appearances in the club’s historic Championship winning season, allowing him to earn a winner’s medal, but the combination of fierce competition for places and a recurring knee injury would limit him to just 16 appearances for the club in four and a half years at Dens.

Moving to Brockville Park in 1965, Brown would turn out 42 times for Falkirk before the injury issues with his knee that had beset his entire playing career would bring a premature end to the talented ball player’s time on the park.

Even with a Championship medal to his name, it is as a coach and manager that Brown truly made his name, winning two old Second Division titles with Clyde in his ten years as their gaffer. In 1986 Brown would then be made Scotland Assistant Manager, while also masterminding the Under-16 National team’s journey to the 1989 World Cup Final, of which Scotland were also hosts.

When National manager Andy Roxburgh left the job in 1993, Brown stepped up to take charge and led the country to Euro ’96 in England, which proved to be yet another valiant Scottish failure to get out of the group stages. However it still left the ex-Dens player the distinction of having been the last man to manage Scotland at a major tournament for 25 years.

Brown would resign from the national set-up in 2001 after leading the team in 70 matches - more than any other Scotland manager - going on to take the top job at Preston North End where he was in charge from 2002 until the end of the 2003/04 season.

Four years later Brown would be linked with the manager’s role at the club where he won his Scottish League Winner’s medal, however, after much speculation, it was Jocky Scott who arrived at Dens Park for his final stint as Dundee boss. Two years later Brown would be back in management and back in Scotland, firstly at Motherwell and then a year later in 2010, after a protracted approached by their board as the boss at Aberdeen. He would lead the former to a spot in the top six of the Scottish top flight but his time at Pittodrie wouldn’t be quite so fondly remembered and the veteran manager would retire from from that role in 2013 when he accepted a spot on the Aberdeen board.


February 3rd, 1962
Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee

League (Division One)

Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)

Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 14-- --
League Cup 2-- --
Totals: 16-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 13/04/64 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
 31/08/63 Group 3 vs. Dunfermline (A) 4 - 3
 25/05/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
 18/05/63 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 0
 16/05/63 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 13/04/64 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 31/08/63 Group 3 vs. Dunfermline (A)  4 - 3
 25/05/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 18/05/63 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 0
 16/05/63 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 11/08/62 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (A)  2 - 3
 31/03/62 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A)  3 - 2
 24/03/62 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 17/03/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 2
 14/03/62 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/62 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 2
 03/03/62 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 24/02/62 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 3
 10/02/62 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 3
 03/02/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


  • Date of Birth

  • First Team Debut

    Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee 2 - 1 St Johnstone
    League (Division One)