Craig Brown

Doctor of Arts, 2001

The date is June 23rd 1998. The place is Saint-Etienne in France.

This – amazingly – is the last time Scotland took part in a major football tournament.

The man in charge at the time was Craig Brown, and the question for the country in those days wasn’t ‘will we qualify?’, it was ‘will we make it through to the knock-out stages for the first time ever?’

That didn’t happen on this occasion, but it’s far from a blot on the amazing heights Craig took the country to.

By the time he left the job he’d managed Scotland for 70 matches, far more than anyone else has ever done.

So it’s no surprise that he’s one of the most respected figures in Scottish football.

Since then he’s gone on to have a fantastic career at club level, managing Preston, Motherwell and Aberdeen.

He’s still at Pittodrie today, as a non-executive director on the club’s board.

Craig was awarded a CBE in 1999, and an honorary doctorate from Abertay in 2001.

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