Jorge Gibson Brown (3 April 1880 – 3 January 1936) was an Argentine footballer of Scottish ancestry, who was one of the most important figures in the early years of the sport in that country.[1] During his career, he won a total of 21 titles playing for Alumni and Quilmes and captained the Argentina national team between 1908 and 1913.

Jorge Brown
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Brown during his tenure in Alumni
Personal information
Full name Jorge Gibson Brown
Date of birth (1880-04-03)3 April 1880
Place of birth Altamirano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 3 January 1936(1936-01-03) (aged 55)
Place of death San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Position(s) Defender / Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1896 Palermo Athletic
1897–1899 Lanús Athletic
1900–1911 Alumni 201 (136)
1912–1914 Quilmes
National team
1902–1913 Argentina 23 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 2008

BiographyEdit

 
Jorge Brown (right) with his brother Juan in an exhibition game played by Alumni in 1923

Jorge started playing football in the reserve team of the English High School A.C. team. In 1896 he joined Club Palermo where he played until 1897 when he moved to Lanús Athletic Club.

In 1900 he returned to the English High School A.C. where he was part of the team that won the 1900 league championship. In 1901 the club changed its name to "Alumni Athletic Club" and over the following decade the club dominated Argentine football, winning 9 of the 12 championships between 1900 and its dissolution in 1911.

Jorge Brown made his debut for the Argentina national team on 20 July 1902, being part of the line-up that played Uruguay in the Albion Football Club field, playing as forward and even scoring a goal.[1] He went on to make 23 appearances, scoring four goals. Brown also captained the team for 18 matches between 1908 and 1913.

After the dissolution of Alumni, Jorge Brown joined Quilmes where he won the 1912 league championship. He played for the club until 1914.

Between 1914 and 1927 he played cricket competing at the "Liga de los Sábados" (Saturday League), a local competition where he captained Buenos Aires Cricket Club, an institution he would go on to serve as president. Brown played in the cricket league during 13 years.[2]

The secret of Alumni's success was the friendship and comradeship existing among the players rather than their skills with the ball. In football, a drop of "bad blood" between two teammates would also extend to the rest of the team, and fortunately, this never happened, largely due to the Brown brother's temperament, particularly Jorge's.

— Carlos Lett, player of Alumni.[2]

Brown had four brothers who were also Argentine international players; Alfredo, Carlos, Eliseo and Ernesto, as well as one cousin, Juan Domingo.[3][4] Two other brothers, Diego and Tomás, were also footballers.[3]

HonoursEdit

Brown won a total of 21 titles during his career, 20 with Alumni and 1 with Quilmes.

Alumni:

Quilmes:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jorge Brown" at Fútbol Factory, 20 Oct 2007
  2. ^ a b "Los hermanos Brown, base de Alumni y el fútbol argentino" by Augusto Baldi, 13 Sep 2011
  3. ^ a b Dan Brennan (15 November 2008). "Argentine football returns to roots of its Scottish founder". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  4. ^ "The dynasty of Argentina's Brown brothers". IFFHS. Retrieved 4 July 2009.