Eagles coach's handshake seals real deal

Flying high: Bonnyrigg White Eagles soccer coach Brian Brown is often confused with the great Aussie actor Bryan Brown. Picture: Mike Sea
Flying high: Bonnyrigg White Eagles soccer coach Brian Brown is often confused with the great Aussie actor Bryan Brown. Picture: Mike Sea

SOCCER coach Brian Brown has often been mistaken for a famous Australian actor.

The Bonnyrigg White Eagles coach was born in Falkirk in the Scottish central lowlands.

He played for Falkirk FC.

The Aussie actor Bryan Brown — of the same name but different spelling — grew up in Panania.

"It's quite funny as when I book a hotel or a restaurant and book under the name of Brian Brown they don't believe you," coach Brown quipped.

Though he prefers to stay in the background and fly under the radar in life, the Beaumount Hills man has been head coach of the Bonnyrigg White Eagles for the past four years piloting the team to two championship wins in that time.

That role this Brian Brown takes seriously. He isn't acting as his far more high-profile namesake does.

Brown left Scotland and came to Australia in 1985 and had immediate success with Brunswick United Juventus FC in the southern conference of the former National Soccer League.

The defender or stopper as a player, now 56, won a title with the club in 1985.

"It was a very high standard competition," Brown said.

Away from soccer, Brown is general manager of Kings Park stationery company Pelikan Artline.

"I have been with them for 17 years," he said.

"I love what I do in this job."

He gets the best of both worlds in his Monday to Friday job then coaching the Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

"We train Monday, Tuesday and Friday at the Eagles, then we play on the weekend in the National Premier League Men's 1 competition," Brown said.

He said he doesn't mind the long hours working during the day and then coaching.

"I love coaching football, I can't play any more so it's the next best thing," he said.

Brown has also had stints coaching the former Blacktown Demons and won a title with Sutherland Sharks in 2008.

"Bonnyrigg is a fantastic club, a great environment — they are great people," Brown said.

"They are a fantastic group of players and the average age of the team is 22."

Brown came to the Eagles in 2009 and said he hopes to be with them for years to come.

"I don't have a contract. I have a handshake agreement with the secretary George Mandic," he said.

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