Highland RFC receive grant from Gordon Brown Memorial Fund

Highland RFC receive grant from Gordon Brown Memorial Fund

Rory Brown son of Scotland & Lions Great ‘Broon frae Troon” Presents Cheque

On Friday 27th August we welcomed Rory Brown, Trustee, Gordon Brown Memorial Fund to the club.

Rory is the son of Scotland and Lions great, Gordon Brown. Gordon was also affectionately known as Broon frae Troon.

Gordon was part of two of the most celebrated Lions tours ever by being selected to go on the 1971 New Zealand trip and the 1974 South Africa Trip. The 1974 squad were named “The Invincibles” by captain Willie John McBride after winning 21 and drawing one game on the tour.

Rory can be seen wearing his dad’s Lions tracksuit top from the Lions 1974 South Africa Tour in the picture.

Unfortunately Gordon died in 2001 at the early age of 53

After Club President Graham Findlater showed Rory around the club and discussed our ambitions, Rory said:

“The Gordon Brown Memorial Fund was set up 20 years ago to support grass roots sports across Scotland. We are proud to award grants to a range of clubs from rowing to boxing, rugby and football. It was a generous donation from the SRU in 2001 following the Scotland v Barbarians game – in which the great Jonah Lomu ran rampant – that allowed us to begin the Fund.

Although Gordon was a fierce competitor on the park his positivity and humourous approach to life was infectious. He raised millions for charity during his lifetime and it is with great honour and joy that we are able to continue his good work and keep his name alive.

The GBMF trustees are all Broons. Brother Peter ex Scotland captain, son Rory and grandson Zac. We have the pleasure of being in a position to assist those that have a vision of making a difference in their community.

That’s why we are delighted to award Highland RFC with a grant and hopefully it will be the beginning of another longtime friendship.

All the best for the season.”

On receiving the cheque Graham said:

“I would like to thank Rory from the ‘Gordon Brown Memorial Fund’ for this donation to community rugby at Highland RFC. The money will be put to good use to buy some equipment for the junior section. I hope that we can work together in the future and that the fund is able to continue to help various sports across Scotland.”

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