Bill made a total of 272 appearances for the Club during his seven year spell with us, winning the League Championship and FA Cup ‘Double’ in 1961, the FA Cup again in 1962 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.
Bill started his career with Dundee in September, 1949, with whom he made 214 Scottish League appearances and won the Scottish League Cup in 1952, before joining us on June 22, 1959, for £16,500. He made his debut for us against Newcastle United on August 22 that year, the first of 222 league games for us, together with 23 in the FA Cup and 17 European games.
He won 28 caps for Scotland, 24 of them while on our books, and was first capped for his country at the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden.
He left White Hart Lane in October, 1966, to join Northampton Town, playing 17 times before moving to Canada with Toronto Falcons in April, 1967.
He remained in Canada after retiring from football, working for a Toronto property developer and then spent 20 years with the Ontario Government land department until retiring in 1995.
Bill was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame during March this year along with the rest of the Double winning side and manager Bill Nicholson, although he was unable to attend the event.
Bill Brown passed away at Simcoe, Ontario, near the USA/Canada border following a long illness.
Bill Brown Fact File:
Full Name: William Dallas Fyfe Brown.
Born: Arbroath, October 8, 1931.
1961: 5ft 10 ins; 11st 10 lbs.
Career: Carnoustie Panmure; Dundee September, 1949; Tottenham Hotspur June 22, 1959 (£16,500); Northampton Town October 12, 1966; Toronto Falcons (Canada) April, 1967.
Honours: Scotland Full 28 caps, ‘B’ one cap, Youth and Schoolboy caps, Scottish Football.
We were saddened to hear of the passing last night of our former goalkeeper Bill Brown, aged 73.