Born in Falkirk, Bobby Brown made his debut in goal for Queen's Park in 1940 in a 1-1 draw at Shawfield against Clyde. He went on to establish himself as the regular netminder for the next two seasons, but like many others at this time, his appearances were interrupted by the Second World War, where he served in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot.
Bobby played in several war time internationals, and in his last season at Hampden in 1945/46 he shared the Queen's goalkeeper jersey with another future internationalist, Ronnie Simpson. His form was rewarded with a full international call up, and in January 1946 he made his Scotland debut in a friendly against Belgium. He remains the last amateur player to earn a full international cap for Scotland, and is also the last player to earn a full Scotland cap whilst still a signed player at Hampden.
At the end of the 1946/46 season Bobby left Queen's for Rangers, where he played for ten years, winning a further five caps for Scotland before moving to Falkirk in 1956. He played at Brockville for a further two years before retiring from the playing field and becoming manager at St Johnstone.
Bobby became the Scotland manager in 1967, and his first international match as manager was the famous 3-2 victory over world champions England at Wembley. This game also saw Brown give his goalkeeping understudy from his Hampden days, Ronnie Simpson, his international debut.
Bobby continued as Scotland manager until 1971, and after finishing with Scotland turned to his business interests outside football, although he did remain involved in the game, scouting for Plymouth Argyle for several years. After retiring, he lived in Helensburgh until his death in January 2020 at the age of 96.
In all, Bobby made 105 appearances for Queen's over six years, 88 in the league along with 17 cup appearances.