Raglan Brown
Raglan Brown
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Robert Brown was born sometime between 15th October 1863 and 14th October 1864, and is most likely to be Scottish. *

The forward appeared as a guest for Thistle in March, 1887, whilst a Port Glasgow Athletic player.

He made his only known appearance on Saturday, 26th March, 1887, in a 1-0 friendly defeat away to Port Glasgow Athletic.

There were no goals for Raglan in his only known appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Port Glasgow Athletic, Pilgrims and Partick Thistle.

Raglan died on Monday, 14th October, 1895, in Glasgow, aged 31.

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Bio Extra

Brown's place in our Player's A-Z is a rather tenuous one. On Saturday, 26th March, 1887, Thistle were down to play a friendly against Port Glasgow Athletic at Clune Park, but only 7 Jagsmen were in place and ready to play as kick-off approached. Four reserves from the home side - Brown, Chisholm, Clark & McLaughlin - were hastily re-purposed as Thistle men for the day, thereby ensuring the sporting integrity of an 11 v 11 contest. There was nothing between the teams who both had their share of attacking, but Port scored the winner with a header from a corner in the 2nd half. “The match was only passable” (GT).

He was the son of Thomas Brown (pier attendant) and Marion Brown (née Aitken). Like some sort of fancy-dan Brazilian before his time, Robert was widely known mononymously as Raglan. Given the fact that we're not lacking for Robert Browns in our A-Z, we rather fancy all parties would happily settle on our chosen moniker of Raglan Brown! He was a centre forward all his days, and was a popular and well known player in his local area. He spent his entire footballing life at Port Glasgow, all the way from at least 1885 until retiring from the game circa 1893. He represented Renfrewshire in an inter-association match with Dunbartonshire in March 1886. All the while, he worked as a riveter by day. The cause of his greatly premature death is un-decipherable on the register but, whatever it was, the Port Glasgow resident succumbed to his condition after 9 days of struggle at the Western Infirmary in October 1895. He was very well thought by all at Port Glasgow Athletic and the committee voted to award his widow £10.


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