Sandy Brown (footballer, born 1879)

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Sandy Brown
Personal information
Full name Alexander Brown
Date of birth (1879-04-07)7 April 1879
Place of birth Beith, Scotland
Date of death 6 March 1944(1944-03-06) (aged 64)
Place of death New Zealand
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1894–1895 Glenbuck Athletic
1895–1896 Kilsyth Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1896 St Bernard's 43 (21)
1896–1899 Preston North End 63 (25)
1899–1900 Portsmouth 132 (55)
1900–1902 Tottenham Hotspur 84 (10)
1902–1903 Portsmouth 50 (33)
1903–1905 Middlesbrough 44 (15)
1905–1908 Luton Town 69 (33)
Kettering Town 12 (6)
Nithsdale Wanderers 14 (6)
Ayr United 4 (3)
National team
1904 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander "Sandy" Brown (7 April 1879 – 6 March 1944) was a Scottish footballer.


Sandy Brown was a prolific scorer in Scottish youth football, and earnt his nickname as the "Glenbuck Goalgetter" as a 15-year-old playing for Glenbuck Athletic. Turning professional with St Bernard's two years later, he was soon induced across the border to English football with Preston North End. After three years, his career continued with Portsmouth, then Tottenham Hotspur.

During the 1900–01 season, Brown scored 15 goals during Tottenham's FA Cup run, including a goal in every round, which resulted in the club becoming the only non-League team to win the Cup. Brown scored both of Tottenham's goals in the first Final against Sheffield United, a 2–2 draw; in the replayed match Brown scored another as Spurs beat United 3–1 to win the Cup. In total, during his brief spell at Tottenham, Brown scored 45 goals in just 57 games. A spell back at Portsmouth and a time at Middlesbrough followed before Brown settled at Luton Town in 1905. After 33 goals in 69 league games, Brown left for Kettering Town before returning to Scotland with first Nithsdale Wanderers, then Ayr United.[1][2]

Brown won one cap for Scotland, in a 1–0 defeat by England during the 1904 British Home Championship.


Tottenham Hotspur


  1. ^ Collings, Timothy (1985). The Luton Town Story 1885-1985. Luton Town F.C. p. 197. ISBN 0-951067-90-7.
  2. ^ Joyce, Mike. "Sandy Brown". Since 1888. Retrieved 30 June 2009.

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