Craig Brown CBE – Former Scotland Football Team Manager. After-Dinner and Motivational, Teamwork and Leadership Speaker.
Craig Brown played for Scottish schools, youth and junior International teams, before joining Rangers in 1959, aged just 19. In 1962 he moved to Dundee F.C., where he won a League Championship medal. Brown stayed at Dundee for six years, before signing for Falkirk in 1967. He spent three successful seasons at Falkirk, before calling time on his playing career in 1971 after five operations on his knee.
Having shown an interest in coaching, Craig Brown became assistant manager of Motherwell in 1974. He got his first managerial job as part-time manager of Clyde in 1977, where he spent ten seasons, winning the Second Division championship in 1982 – whilst also working as a primary school head teacher.
He returned to football full-time in 1986 when Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh appointed him as assistant manager. Brown was also in charge of Scotland’s youth teams. In 1989 he coached Scotland’s Under-16s to the final of the World Championship and three years later coached the Under-21s to the semi-finals of the UEFA championship.
Craig Brown was appointed as manager of Scotland in December 1993, having been caretaker manager, with responsibility for games against Italy and Malta, due to Andy Roxburgh’s resignation.
Craig has an outstanding record as Scotland Team Manger. He took the team to Euro 96 and France 98, and beat England in the last ever Euro Championship qualifier at Wembley in 1999 by one goal to nil. He later resigned as team manager in 2001.
Between 1993-2001, under Craig’s management, the team played 70 games of which 32 were won, 18 were drawn and 20 were lost
Craig Brown was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999.
In 2002 he was appointed manager of Preston North End but left by mutual consent in 2004 after 106 games.
In the summer of 2005 Craig joined Fulham F.C. as the Club’s new International Representative.
In 2009, Craig was appointed manager of Motherwell F.C. and in 2010 moved onto Aberdeen.
Craig has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Diploma in Physical Education. Prior to full-time football involvement Craig was Head Teacher, then Lecturer in Primary Education.
Brown is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Management of Paisley University and is the author of “Activity Methods in the Middle Years” (Oliver & Boyd, 1975).
Craig is Scotland’s second most successful manager of all time. A keen golfer, and a superb motivational or after-dinner speaker.