St Johnstone Owner Geoff Brown Awarded An OBE
1st January 2022
Congratulations to St Johnstone owner and former Chairman Geoff Brown, who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of his services to football and the community.
Mr Brown took over a financially troubled St Johnstone back in 1986 and has completely transformed the club since then, setting the foundations for the unprecedented success that the club has seen over the years.
In 2015 Mr Brown also set up the Kinfauns Stables Riding for the Disabled Centre, which has allowed children free access to an indoor complex to learn horse riding.
Mr Brown said: “It’s an honour, and I am delighted to receive an OBE,”
“If this is for the work I have done for St Johnstone or Riding for the Disabled, it is also recognition for the many volunteers who have helped with both down the years.
“These were never a one-man band. A lot of loyal people have done their bit for the football club and the RDA along the way.
“But I have never taken a wage out of St Johnstone, neither has Steve. So effectively that’s 35 years of the Brown family putting in the hours for their local club.
“Looking back on my time as chairman, I enjoyed the promotions, especially when Paul Sturrock was manager.
“I am probably most proud of steering through the deal for McDiarmid Park. That was massive for the football club.
“No one thought I had a hope in hell of achieving a deal which saw Asda build us a new all-seater stadium, especially as we were the only club in Britain to manage it at the time.
“It was all a far cry from the debt-laden club I took on.”